FRANKFORT, Ky. — All but nine of Kentucky's counties will hold a caucus on March 5 as the state divides its delegates for the Republican presidential nomination.

The Republican Party of Kentucky announced 111 of the state's 120 counties will hold caucuses on March 5. Registered Republican voters in the other nine counties can participate in neighboring county caucuses or vote by absentee ballot.

Kentucky Republicans are holding a presidential caucus for the first time so that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul can run for president and re-election without violating a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election.

Only registered Republicans can participate. The deadline to register is Dec. 31. Eight candidates have filed for the Kentucky caucus so far, including front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

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