Rand Paul wins Republican Senate nomination in Kentucky

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By David Espo
Associated Press
via Yahoo News
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_primary_rdp

WASHINGTON -- Political novice Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to victory in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary Tuesday night, delivering a jolt to the GOP establishment and providing fresh evidence of widespread voter discontent in a turbulent midterm election season.

Paul had 59 percent of the vote -- with returns counted from 29 percent of the precincts -- to 37 percent for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who had been recruited to run by the state's dominant Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. ...

In Kentucky, Grayson had the support of McConnell as well as other establishment figures. But Paul countered with endorsements -- and the political energy that flowed along with them -- from tea party activists, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a conservative eager to push his party rightward in advance of the broader fall campaign.

Eager to avoid long-term fallout from a bruising primary, GOP leaders set a unity breakfast for Saturday.

The Kentucky Senate seat is one of 10 or more that appear likely to remain competitive until Election Day, and one that Republicans can ill afford to lose if they are to make a serious run at challenging the Democratic majority. The seat is now held by Sen. Jim Bunning, but McConnell was so concerned about Bunning's ability to win a new term that he muscled the two-term lawmaker to the sidelines and recruited Grayson to run.

Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, a former GOP presidential contender, entered the race with other ideas. ...



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