Senator Rubio is scheduled to announce his presidential bid April 13th, making him the third Senator to join the Republican primary fray.

The second? Sen. Rand Paul.

Waiting until the day after the NCAA basketball championship, Sen. Paul will formally announce his presidential run April 7 at a rally that morning.

Paul will announce at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville in what is being described as an historic event by event organizers.

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According to Kentucky.com:

The event will prominently feature Kentucky in an effort to capture the historic nature of the announcement for the state. That also dovetails with the desire of Paul’s budding campaign team to build a sense of state pride around his candidacy, building a foundation for the senator’s presidential campaign and keeping his approval numbers aloft as he tries to run for re-election to his Senate seat simultaneously in 2016.

Following the announcement, Paul will leave Louisville to embark on a nearly week-long trip to the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, with fundraising stops and grassroots rallies in a handful of other states along the way. Paul has traveled extensively to the early states already, including a return trip to New Hampshire this weekend.

As the Times and others have noted, Paul’s early-April announcement coincides with the next U.S. Senate recess and allows the senator to enter the race at the start of a fundraising cycle, giving him a full quarter of raising money before he files his first campaign finance report.

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