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Ron Paul easily fends off primary challenges

By Ben Pershing
It looks like Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) -- the grassroots hero former presidential candidate who has so railed against Washington --- will be coming back to the capital next year.

Paul easily fended off three challengers in the Republican primary election Tuesday, taking 80 percent of the vote. Tim Graney finished second with 11 percent, while John Gay and Gerald Wall earned 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

The race earned national notice because the challengers accused Paul of becoming too entrenched in Washington and ignoring the needs of the 14th district. The incumbent fought back by touting all he'd done for his constituents, helped by a campaign war chest that dwarfed those of his opponents.

In the other Texas primary race of note, Republicans Bill Flores and Rob Curnock are headed to an April 13 runoff to decide which will be the nominee in the contest to take on Rep. Chet Edwards (D) in November. Edwards is high on the GOP's target lists, as Sen. John McCain (R-McCain) won the 17th district with 67 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential campaign.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 3, 2010; 7:44 AM ET
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God loves Ron Paul and I had no doubt he would be spending another 4 years or so defending the liberties most people take for granted.

Posted by: Eskiegirl302 | March 3, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Here is a hoot! The neocon media said "Palin Throws Ron Paul a Lifeline". Let's see, a moron who had to attend ten different junior and community colleges to get a degree in basketweaving is going to assist a medical doctor who has been studying economics for fifty years, advocating for freedom and liberty his who life, and writing tens of thousands of articles and many books about substantive issues regarding liberty, economics, history, war, and peace. It is a clear example of the most supreme ignorance whereby anyone would believe Palin threw a lifeline to Paul. Please Google the "Ron Paul Library" and you will be enlightened as the the ridiculousness of the attacks upon The Good Doctor. Palin is a used car saleswomen and Ron Paul is a statemen made in the image of our founding fathers.

Posted by: digital82711 | March 3, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

More neocon tripe. The neocons leach on to any political movement so as to be positioned to engulf Americans in their facist genocide of peaceful Palestinians. Those outside the Republocatic Warefare/Welfare state know that Ron Paul is teaching and leading. Exposed are the rats who will lock us into eternal war for eternal peace while turning America into a sovietized facist police state kleptocracy.
The Doctor has correctly diagnosed the disease and the cure is amputation of a malignant tumor that threatens our freedom, wealth and life of our nation. Left in place the disease will be all-consuming. God bless Ron Paul an Austrian economist who spends his life teaching Americans. Americans, please see the "Ron Paul Library". Everything about government will become clear to you.

Posted by: digital82711 | March 3, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

maybe they were undercover neo-cons trying to co-opt the tea party movement back to the GOP.

Posted by: millionea7 | March 3, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Please, let me re-phrase. It is strange that Rep. Paul who is seen as the "founder" of the Tea Bag movement turn on him during the Republican primary.

Posted by: rogden71 | March 3, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It is strange that the "Godfather" of the Tea Bag activists turned on him during the primary.

Posted by: rogden71 | March 3, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

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