Tea Party Rand Paul beats GOP establishment in Kentucky

Rand Paul Sacks Grayson in Kentucky race

Chalk another one up for the Tea Party

Rand Paul, who was once the underdog candidate running against Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, has pulled off a big victory, leaving Grayson and the GOP political establishment that backed him in the dust.

Paul, who had the enthusiastic backing of the Tea Party movement, won 59 percent of the vote, compared with Grayson who took in just 35 percent. He was set to face off against state Attorney General Jack Conway, who was holding on to a slim margin of victory over Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo. Polls have show Paul leading both Conway and Mongiardo by several points.

Grayson was tapped to run for the seat by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, which made him the de facto Washington insider candidate even though he has never served in Congress.

Paul, on the other hand, portrayed himself as the ultimate Washington outsider who promised to fight for smaller government, lower taxes and an end government bailouts.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine called Paul’s victory, “a show of weakness” for McConnell.

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