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Rand Paul tops Ron Paul in Kentucky, by a lot

With 99 percent of the vote counted in the Kentucky GOP primary for U.S. Senate ...

-Rand Paul outpaced Trey Grayson in every major region of the state, scoring his biggest win in the North, an area that includes the fast growing areas around Cincinnati and Louisville that have become reliably GOP. In that region, Paul won 65 percent of the vote, to Grayson's 32 percent.

-Paul won 109 counties; Grayson 11.

-Tear-away coattails: Grayson's regional vote this year is very loosely correlated (-0.002) with McConnell's in his win two years ago.

-With a third of registered Republicans casting ballots, more voted this time around than in the 2008 presidential primary (the GOP contest was wrapped up by that point two years ago) and the 2007 gubernatorial primary. At about 350,000 voters, it's the highest GOP primary turnout in available data back to 1990.

-The two main contenders in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate each got more votes than Paul did in the GOP race. Fun fact, but ... registered Democrats in the state outnumber Republicans by nearly 600,000.

-Paul's totals trounced those of his father in the 2008 primary. In that election, the Rep. Ron Paul received 13,427 votes statewide. (At current count, the son as 205,221.)

By Jon Cohen  |  May 18, 2010; 10:25 PM ET
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The fact that Rand Paul won today does not have a much meaning as some people are trying to give it. Rand Paul will NOT win in November because he is not a real Republican. He is a Libertarian with very close ties to racism (Christopher Hightower) who isn't even from Kentucky (he's from Texas). The real Republicans will come out in November and support the Democrats...not because we agree with their ideas, but because Rand Paul is not the answer. If the Tea Party wanted a win, all they did by sticking Rand Paul up there was guarantee a loss in November.

Posted by: tjdunc | May 18, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey tjdunc,

Gotta disagree with ya! This victory for Rand Paul is a victory for America.

You need to remember that by November, a whole 6 months away, a whole lot can change in America. To quote Dow theorist Richard Russell in his stock tip of the day: "Sell Everything Liquid, You Won’t Recognize America By The End Of The Year."

http://ww1.dowtheoryletters.com/

Posted by: stanfordstefan | May 18, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Haha! Wow - Ron Paul PLANTED THE SEED in 2008 for all of this to happen! As a matter of FACT, Ron Paul had been planting the seed of liberty with his consistent and loyal to the consitution voting record for his 40 years in public office! Rand Paul is a product of excellent raising and the libertarian spirit, which, historically was the "Republican" party and furturistically-speaking, will be again. Hold on tight - here we go! We are taking the country back, and the Paul's are leading us there! "There is a revolution going on, and I am lucky enough to be a part of it!" =)

Posted by: caleb0504 | May 18, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way, for the fella who is either very cynical and wants to maintain the corruptive power-hungry two-party establishment political machine that is stealing from and oppressing American citizens - why are you for that? Think about it - no need to answer. I probably won't be back on this site - I am just spreading the good word, as you should be. =)

Posted by: caleb0504 | May 18, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

tjdunc, your what is wrong with the Republican party. America thrived when it followed the founding principles of liberty. Laissez- faire government turned loose the human spirit to produce and innovate like no other society in the history of earth. The founders for the most part were libertarians not conservatives. Conservatives in the 18th century were those who were loyal to the crown.
We have tried the fascist republican way and the communist democratic way of governing. Why not try what made America the last beacon of hope? Freedom to do as you please as long as you do not interfere with the rights of others.
You need to learn what a libertarian truly stands for. Its time to wise up and turn away from the Neo-Conservative fascist imperialism that along with progressives have oppressed our God given rights to life, liberty, and private property.

Posted by: protakill | May 18, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

He just destroyed, embarrased, & beat a former Democrat and a wanna be BIG GOVERNMENT neo-con(Trey Grayson), so what's holding him now from winning in November? Answer: Nothing! This Liberty Movement "to go back to the Constitution" is now taking on a life of it's own... Those haters and propagandist's who want to smear this humble Doctor of absurd tactics and claims are in for a huge surprise come November. Congratulations Dr. Paul, and as a Californian and First and foremost a Constitutional "Republican" I am very happy that my money bombs of donations were well spent! Go Rand, GO!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kjs3APrZek

Posted by: gbozic | May 18, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

"The fact that Rand Paul won today does not have a much meaning as some people are trying to give it. Rand Paul will NOT win in November because he is not a real Republican. He is a Libertarian with very close ties to racism (Christopher Hightower) who isn't even from Kentucky (he's from Texas). The real Republicans will come out in November and support the Democrats...not because we agree with their ideas, but because Rand Paul is not the answer. If the Tea Party wanted a win, all they did by sticking Rand Paul up there was guarantee a loss in November."

Calling people racist is low class and i think you should do some more reading before calling rand paul a non republican. Because he is sticking with the party why you are going to vote democrat this fall against it. If you don't know the people don't vote. Thanks.

I'm an independent and I truely back Rand Paul because he is consistent, has integrety, a man of his word which is not common among politician's these days. Hes not a libertarian at all IN fact hes an old school republican that is shunned by the new fake republicans who are all a bunch of tyranical demons to be honest.

Posted by: Bman3 | May 19, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

i wanna say good luck to Rand paul this november i won't be back to this blog.

peace

Posted by: Bman3 | May 19, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul, In Steadfast Manner, Helped Spearhead The Resurgence Of "Constitutional Spirit"; It lives in many hearts in the USA.

The "Money Masters" Helped, By So Blatantly Purchasing Legislation. (1000+ page bills passed into law without "Representatives" reading, let alone any comprehensional dialog.

Savor the victory if you will; Battle Won, War To Be Fought.

Posted by: PainfullyAware | May 19, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul also didn't fare too well in the Texas presidential primary, yet was re-elected to Congress with more than 70% of the vote in 2008.

If Ron Paul ran for Senate in Kentucky, he would do great. Republicans just don't want him as President.

Posted by: MooseOfReason | May 19, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

brnan3 wrote>>>I'm an independent and I truely back Rand Paul because he is consistent, has integrety,

I listened to most of Rand Paul's victory speech and toward the end he parroted a FALSE statement found in emails circulated by rightwingers - "Congress doesn't pay into Social Security."
Why does Rand Paul LIE?? Surely his father knows the Truth.......

Congress has paid Social Security taxes since 1984 --

http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/do_members_of_congress_pay_social_security.html


Posted by: angie12106 | May 19, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Rand Paul will not win the general election. He has too many off-the-wall positions for the general electorate. Even the 2nd place Democrat had a higher vote total than he did. Mitch McConnell put his money on the wrong horse and now Ky and the U.S. is guaranteed that Senate position will turn from Republican to Democrat in November.

Posted by: douglechleiter | May 19, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

The idiots will soon be running the asylum and you will have the likes of Glenn Beck and Maury Povich to thank for the downfall of America and the end of your lives in a blinding flash. Thankfully, you will be well done before the mushroom cloud envelopes your body. I don't predict this because of your ideas but because of your failure to accept the very ideals this nation was founded upon, TOLERANCE of others opinions. That alone will lead to a war that we have avoided for decades. Since you know it all and you believe your version of Allah or God will save you then you have no reason to think and will therefor make the mistakes that lead you into direct conflict with others who believe just like you! Today you call them "terrorists" but you fail to look in the mirror with honest eyes. Unfortunately, your failure to think will also kill those of us capable of intelligent thought and the ability to accept the factual fossil record. Those who fail to adapt to the truths of today are deemed to become EXTINCT as soon as tomorrow.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | May 19, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dave742 | May 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"The fact that Rand Paul won today does not have a much meaning as some people are trying to give it. Rand Paul will NOT win in November because he is not a real Republican. He is a Libertarian with very close ties to racism (Christopher Hightower) who isn't even from Kentucky (he's from Texas). The real Republicans will come out in November and support the Democrats...not because we agree with their ideas, but because Rand Paul is not the answer. If the Tea Party wanted a win, all they did by sticking Rand Paul up there was guarantee a loss in November." You identified yourself as a

Posted by: dmasnaghetti | May 19, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@Brman3: Calling people racist is not low class if it's true! Rand Paul is one...he proved it once again by citing Tiger Woods as a reason why it was okay for him to host his party at a golf club. What kind of idiot does something like that! The man is a bigot and if you don't recognize that then you have more problems than I do!
And if you notice, tjdunc did not say anything about hating the liberatarians. Be liberatarian all you want too...I think the real issue is Rand Paul's racism! The Republican Party was founded on the idea of combating slavery...freeing blacks! It is an insult to have the likes of Rand Paul running in the name of a party that accomplished such a great feat! Rand Paul and his KKK loving father should only run as Libertarians and stay away from the Republican Party. They are tainting its great mission with their vile, hateful blood.

Posted by: fatandhappy1 | May 19, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Just as soon as the newest emperor was given victory he shed his clothes and went running right to the Grand Old Party at the country club and he did it on your money! So much for the Party of Palin and other fools too weak or too stupid to wake up and smell the coffee. You wanted him and now you have to figure out what to do with the embarrassment he will cause you. I suggest you shut him up quickly before POTUS accepts his challenge and puts him firmly in his place. There is no contest between an educated intelligent man of color and an ignorant white bigot unless you can get Rupert Murdock and his minions of global hot air to pay your bills!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | May 19, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Maddow demonstrated how desperate she is to label Rand Paul a bigot. The liberal media is in such fear they are now using Sen. McCarthy tactics. Her piece sounded like "You are a bigot are you not?" to me; repeated about 20 times.

Posted by: boriswart | May 20, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

@ fatandhappy1: Aside from being low. False accusations and slander is against the law. Your ridiculous comment is borderline schizophrenic and positively 100% delusional.

With childish, substanceless ad hominem attacks within your mind numbing comment, such as..

1) "with their vile, hateful blood"
2) "racist!"
3) "bigot!"
4) "monster"

I would think i was reading the comments at the Jerusalem Post. lol! Did you get lost and end up here instead?

Look you little slanderous punk. America (not to mention the world) has had enough of the BS you and your NeoCon guild of devils has inflicted on our great nation. It is NOT 'your' party and never for a second was. You hoodwinked a few dirty scumbag sellout political hookers to gain power for a short stint. Thats over now. Deal with it. You're already 6feet under the ground, yet here you are.. yelling and scream, throwing your hissy fits, tossing around all your ridiculously bitter accusations against anyone who doesn't align themselves with your geo-political schizophrenia. You're mentally ill. Your brain is in a constant state of mass hysteria. Revealed by the comments and the words you use to describe whats going on in your deranged head.

You're not a Republican. You're a fake... a phony... a shill... a liberal progressive trotskyite NEOcon, radical attempting to infect the great people of this Nation with your lunatic ideology and your twisted slanderous, vile rhetoric that quite frankly everyone has had it up too here with. Nothing you say works anymore. All your little stupid buzzwords.. your media hype.. your lame duck slogans and accusations. Its like a playbook... and your book has been read! You and your disgusting NeoCon's are obsolete. You have no bridges left to burn. Now enjoy the downfall of your Bankster criminal regime that you so willingly cling too in a false sense of empowerment.

And do us all a huge favor... get some new buzzwords you pathetic has been. They must make you stooges in the same israeli factory. Because you all say the same exact things, word for word, over and over.


Posted by: ThirdRomeAquilo | May 20, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

@ tjdunc: you remind me of of the discredited, delusional nutbag 'Ben Stein' on the Larry King show when he threw an intellectual hissy fit calling Ron Paul a 'anti-ceeeeeemite' for questioning our involvement in Yemen.

haha! you NeoCon psychos are losing your frigging minds all over the place. Im enjoying ever second of it. The louder you idiots get with your collective hysteria.. the MORE i know you're losing. So by all means... continue shooting yourselves in the foot. The more you yell.. the more it backfires on you. Damn fools.

Posted by: ThirdRomeAquilo | May 20, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second, you are LITERALLY comparing selection of ONE president with selection of one of 100 Senators? Many have their favorite for Senator, and they only asked GOP primary voters, those most likely to have a favorite in the GOP. Look at the Rasmussen poll putting Ron Paul up against Obama. Getting out of the GOP primary might be tough, but independents might as well have been Ron's party, the way they broke for him over Obama.

Senate race can't compare to Pres race, however.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | May 21, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

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