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May 18, 2010

Rand Paul Wins Kentucky Republican Senate Primary

by Doug Mataconis

The votes are still being counted, but so far it looks like Rand Paul’s margin of victory will be huge:

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.

Congratulations Rand !

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  • Jeff Molby

    I’m having a hard time getting excited about this. A quick look at his platform shows why: it’s almost stereotypically Republican. His fiscal cred is certainly better than most, so there’s reason to hope he will represent libertarian interests more than most, but abortion, immigration, defense…. there are few meaningful differences in his rhetoric than most other Rs. It’ll be interesting to see his true colors if he wins.

  • Stephen Littau

    Yeah, I wish he was more like his dad too Jeff.

  • Thane Eichenauer

    The day a typical Republican critiques the Federal Reserve then I’ll agree that Rand Paul is a stereotypical Republican. That day hasn’t arrived yet.

  • Michael O. Powell

    I’m with Jeff Molby. I also had a bit of a disturbing conversation, which I mentioned at UL, with a prominent libertarian regarding why Paul has been successful. You can find it at United Liberty.

    Nevertheless, there is tape of Paul saying some pretty good stuff. He’s by all means a politician, as shown by the different ways he talks on MSNBC and Fox News. It’s just good to see the establishment stooge get thrown out.

  • Controlphreak

    Rand was actually very rhetorically like his dad regarding foreign policy before his chances at winning looked a lot more feasible. Clearly he and his team made a decision at that point what to say on GWOT and issues like that.

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