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Tea party candidate Rand Paul wins In Ky., Specter leading in Pa.



Published: Tue, May 18, 2010 @ 9:33 p.m.

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

"I have a message, a message from the tea party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back," Paul told supporters after sealing his triumph over Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

Paul is one of five children of Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, an ob/gyn who was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine.

On the busiest primary night of the year so far, very early returns showed Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter — a Democrat-turned Republican-turned Democrat again — ahead of two-term Rep. Joe Sestak.

Specter sought his sixth term in the Senate, and his first as a Democrat.

Former Rep. Pat Toomey easily won the Republican nomination — six years after losing to Specter in a GOP primary.


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1jrolley325(787 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

its their highest profile win because its their only win. no surprise that its in the biggest redneck state north of the mason dixon line.

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2jrolley325(787 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

forget that geography fail....but kentucky is still full of the stereotypical rednecks you see at tea party rallies

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3ts1227(137 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

This win has nothing to do with the Tea Party.

The seat is currently held by ultraconservative Jim Bunning, who decided not to seek re-election. They just chose another ultraconservative to head to the general election to keep the status quo. Rand Paul would have won even without the Tea Party!

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4VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I like it. After a long winter of agony, The People are now beginning to speak. There will be more to come, as voters begin cleaning house.

By the way, Specter lost. Six terms is way too long and jumping fences is not going to buy you another term with today's voter.

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Outstanding - Tax & Spend is on it's way out!!! Now if only Ohio would get that same message to cut Tax & Spend and end the wars..

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6onthetown(254 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"The seat is currently held by ultraconservative Jim Bunning, who decided not to seek re-election. They just chose another ultraconservative to head to the general election to keep the status quo. Rand Paul would have won even without the Tea Party!"

Rand Paul is not the status quo. He opposes the Patriot Act, the Iraq War, and the Wall Street Bailout. Essentially, he is against interventionist practices of the Federal Government, (including Income Tax) and strongly supports civil liberties. Most of these views are NOT POPULAR among elected Republicans.

I agree that he would have won without the backing of the Tea Party. However, I'm afraid that his association with the Tea Party will be a major hurdle in the general election.

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7Jbreed2011(37 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Whoever thinks Rand Paul is some ultra conservative has no idea what they were talking about. I'm making a lot of assumptions based on his father but he is generally not accepted by mainstream Republicans in the least bit. Yes he's conservative, but more importantly he is libertarian.... that makes a huge difference.

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