Political newcomer Dr. Rand Paul has easily won the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky according to Associated Press reports.
The AP projected the win with Paul taking 59 percent of the vote with 29 percent of precincts reporting. Establishment GOP opponent Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who had been recruited to run by the state’s dominant Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, had 37 percent of the vote when the AP called the race.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund has bucked the establishment around the country with endorsements of Paul, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio in Florida, Chuck DeVore in California, Ken Buck in Colorado, and Mike Lee in Utah.
“I want to congratulate Rand Paul on this important victory tonight,” DeMint said after the race was called. “His message of less spending and less debt is resonating with voters across Kentucky. He’s building a winning coalition of conservatives, independents, and frustrated Democrats who believe in limited government, a strong national defense, and traditional values.”
“The Washington establishment threw everything they had at him and yet he prevailed,” DeMint said. “Rand’s victory is part of an American awakening that is taking place across the country as people embrace the principles of freedom that are the backbone of our country. It shows that Americans want strong leaders who will stand up to the massive spending, bailouts, and debt in Washington that are bankrupting our country.”