Tea Party sympathizer Rand Paul won the Republican primary senate election in Kentucky, defeating heavily backed opponent Trey Grayson:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Rand Paul defeated Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, a closely watched race that was a key test of the tea party movement’s strength.
Paul, the son of former presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, on Tuesday gave the tea party its first victory in a statewide election—one that could embolden the fledgling political movement in other states. With 31 percent of precincts reporting, Paul was leading with 65,702 votes, or 59 percent, to Grayson’s 40,767 votes or 37 percent.
This win could be seen as one of the biggest for the Tea Party.