Get ready this Fall midterm for the Tea Party Express!
It’s official … RAND PAUL wins the Republican Kentucky Primary defeating the establishment Republican candidate Secretary of State Trey Grayson. ABC News has projected upstart Rand Paul the victor as well in the Blue Grass state.
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.
Paul had 59 percent of the vote with returns counted from 29 percent of the precincts, compared to 37 percent for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who was recruited to the race by the state’s dominant Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Kentucky, a predominantly RED state where both GOP candidates were leading in the polls over the Democrat candidate. Say hello to the next Senator from Kentucky … Rand Paul.
The victory by Paul in KY speaks volumes and sets yup the 2010 midterm elections well for the Tea Party movement. It also is a wake up call to all establishment incumbent candidates, a wake up call that Tea Party folks have been vocal about for some time now. Maybe they will now be taken seriously and for what they really are … the voice of the disgruntled American public who plan on having a Revolution this November at the ballot box.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also supported Paul, while Grayson received endorsements from establishment leaders Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Palin told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Paul’s victory is a “wake up call for the country.”
“This is a real time of awakening for America,” she said. “We have an opportunity to not embrace the status quo but to shake things up.”
In his concession speech, Grayson said he will support Paul in the general campaign. “We’ll be standing side by side on Saturday at the unity rally,” Grayson said in reference to an upcoming Republican rally in Frankfort.
UPDATE I: Rand Paul rolls to easy victory.
As it was in the polls leading up to the Republican primary … so went today’s primary for Rand Paul as with With just under 60 percent of precincts reporting, Paul was drawing 59% of the vote to Grayson’s 36%.
“The tea party movement is about saving the country from a mountain of debt that is devouring our country and that I think could lead to chaos,” Paul said grimly, laying into President Barack Obama for his participation in last year’s Copenhagen summit on global warming and accusing Obama of trying to “apologize for the industrial revolution.”
Already tongues are wagging over Paul’s close association to the Tea Parties. Look for the left to go after him hard. Unlike Rubio who is in a three-way race, a win by Paul in the general election will certainly confirm Tea Party strength.