Paul says Kentucky primary win a mandate for tea party

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 18 at 10:32 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — 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 has beaten 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.

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.

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Republican U.S. Senate-nominee Rand Paul says the tea party movement is for real.

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: Republican Senate candidate Trey Grayson, left, hugs daughter Alex, and younger daughter Kate after his concession speech, Tuesday, May 18, 2010, in Hebron, Ky. Rand Paul defeated Grayson in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

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: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Trey Grayson, right, gets a hug from a supporter after his concession speech, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 in Hebron, Ky. Rand Paul defeated Grayson in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

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