Is this a forecast of the November elections?
Rand Paul says his win in the Republican primary for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate nomination is a “tremendous mandate for the tea party.” Paul beat Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson. The victory gives a tea party activist a key win in a statewide election that could embolden the fledgling political movement in other states. After the win, Paul told his supporters the tea party movement is for real.
Paul is the son of former presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. An eye surgeon in Bowling Green, Paul had never before run for office. He turned to the Internet fundraising model used by his father to pay for his campaign. Grayson stayed competitive by drawing heavy financial support from traditional GOP donors inside Kentucky.
Paul’s candidacy will now put the strength of the Tea Party movement to the test in the general election in November. Paul will face Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway.