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Rand Paul Wins Primary


Tea Party favorite Rand Paul, who defeated Republican establishment candidate Trey Grayson in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Kentucky, warned Washington to "watch out, here we come."

After giving the anti-big government movement its most significant political victory yet, Paul said the Tea Party Movement has a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words.

"We have come to take our government back," he said in his victory speech, drawing thunderous applause from his supporters.

"It's just a tremendous mandate for the Tea Party," he said. "It cannot be overstated that people want something new. They don't want the same old, same old politicians and I think they think the system is broken and needs new blood."

Paul was leading with 59 percent of the vote to Grayson's 37 percent.

Secretary of State Grayson conceded the race, telling his supporters to "put all differences aside" and unite behind Paul.

"No candidate ever enjoys coming up short but in this moment of great challenges for our nation it is clear to me that theres much more at stake," he said.

Paul is a 47-year-old Bowling Green eye surgeon who had never before run for office and turned to the Internet fundraising model used by his father to pay for his campaign. Grayson stayed competitive drawing heavy financial support from traditional GOP donors inside Kentucky.

The Kentucky primary is one of several high-stakes Senate races in three states that political analysts are closely watching to determine the mood of the country's electorate less than five months before November's elections in which Republicans will seek to regain control of both houses in Congress.

Sen. Arlen Specter is fighting for his political career in Pennsylvania against Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary. And Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln is trying to save her job in Arkansas against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

In a fourth race with national implications, Republican Tim Burns and Democrat Mark Critz vied to fill out the final few months in the term of the late Rep. John Murtha in southwestern Pennsylvania.

In Kentucky, Grayson was backed by the state's Republican establishment while Paul enjoyed the support of the Tea Party, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, retiring Sen. Jim Bunning and conservative Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Democrats quickly sought to cast Paul's victory as a loss for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who backed Grayson.

"Today, Kentucky Republicans selected Rand Paul as their Senate nominee, handing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a stunning loss," said Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine in a written statement.

"In a show of weakness for the Minority Leader, and in a race that symbolized the fight over the heart and soul of the Republican Party, Rand Paul overcame McConnell's handpicked candidate by a large margin," he said. "Unfortunately for Republicans, ordinary Americans are unlikely to be receptive to extreme candidates like Rand Paul in the general election this November."

Murray resident Bill Osburn said he voted for Paul because "he's not a politician."

"I'm against the establishment. They're all crooked, unreliable and selfish for power," said Osburn, 79, a military retiree. "We need citizen representatives, not political politicians."

The two leading Democratic Senate candidates, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and state Attorney General Jack Conway, were locked in a close race. Mongiardo barely lost six years ago to Bunning.

Although Kentucky is solidly Democratic by voter registration, it tends to vote Republican in federal races. The GOP holds both of the state's Senate seats and four of six House seats, and Republican John McCain carried the state in last year's presidential election with 57 percent of the vote.


I'm happy about that, but we really need to get Peter Schiff in there.


I agree and that is why I donate $25 each paycheck to schiff. But tonight I drink for the victory Rand gave us!


like most dixiecrats from this state get elected, he'll soon realize who his corporate masters will have to be.


This will be interesting :slightly_smiling:


I am not real familiar with junior's politics, but regardless of what they are this is significant.


I thought the Tea Party was nothing but a bunch of crotchety old white racist people who cling on to their guns, and spit tobackey. You tea-bagging assclowns couldn't possibly be taken seriously ! You xenophobic savages who won't just shut up and pay your taxes for the Obama machine, damn you !

(That was all sarcasm of course).

Job well done, glad to see the beast can be wounded like this. I am now waiting to see how the liberal media paint this, downplaying the significance.


He could be the new direction for the Republican party , I think they may get some people back with some one like him . I can understand cutting social programs if you cut the military and the war on drugs as well


That is what the Tea Party is about, if you are for a limited government obviously the war on drugs has to go, we need to pull are bases around the world, and we need to cut the social programs(those are states jobs).


I am reluctantly on board with the tea party. As long as they don't go Birther , socialist or Nazi route . They could get all kooky real quick, I think the addition of Palin to the movement is anti intelect


Well Palin brings her group to the table, Palin is a smart person and she does bring up a lot of good points.

I don't see the tea party going birther, I don't think you will see them screaming nazi(thats what the left is doing to the tea party). YOu will get the Palin side screaming socialist(health care bill) but the Ron Paul side is screaming Corporatist(fascist) which is what I think we can agree is what is going on.

The Tea Party needs to be a mix of views but the agreement that the government must shrink. People like you and I that are agreeing to cut area's we agree on if the other side is willing to cut area's they agree on.


Everything has to be cut. Most of the Federal government is unconstitutional and should be cut.


Its about time we (hopefully)get another Paul in congress, next best thing to a full fledged Libertarian.


Here's O'Reilly's interview with the junior Paul tonight.


This looks like change, the kind we will actually see and not have to be blind to believe in.


Thanks for posting the interview Tribulus! I liked seeing Dr. Paul and I am willing to bet he has the same values as his father. As long as the Republican's take advantage of their opportunity this country will be a better place.


This country is finished...


Liberalism is finished. The idea that a government could spend more than it taxes, by creating debt, has reached the end of the road. No one can take on any debt any longer, without generating expectations of destruction.


I am surprised on Paul's stand on abortion, I thought he was for freedom. and conserving costs


well not looking to turn this thread into an abortion debate, but both sides can use the freedom line.