Presidential prospect Sen. Rand Paul to make several appearances in Tri-State Friday

CINCINNATI -- A senator considered to be among the frontrunners of 2016 Republican presidential candidates will be buzzing about the Tri-State Friday.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is slated to appear at several events -- just like someone who might be running for office.

Paul recently topped a CNN poll that asked prospective Republican voters on who they would choose to run in 2016 and he also won a Republican straw poll.

If Paul ran, he would likely need Ohio to clinch the presidency and that means carrying Hamilton County.

While the junior senator from Kentucky has not announced his intentions, all signs point to the strong possibility that he will.

Paul was recently in the spotlight at the Republican National Committee spring meeting in Memphis and hosted a luncheon there.

The senator’s day starts in Erlanger, Ky., where he’ll meet with the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky at noon.

Then he’ll head to Carpe Diem-Aiken campus on Belmont Avenue to take part in a school choice round table.

At 6 p.m. Paul will go to the Duke Energy Center to headline the Hamilton County Republican Party dinner.

He'll be joined in Cincinnati by Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a strong 2012 supporter of Mitt Romney.

Paul has said he expects to decide on a presidential run after the November elections.

He won’t be the only Kentucky senator in the area Friday. Sen. Mitch McConnell will speak at the Covington Business Council luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

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