(CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint released a statement on Tuesday, following Rand Paul's victory in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary.
(Read the full statement after the jump.)
"I want to congratulate Rand Paul on this important victory tonight," said Senator DeMint. "His message of less spending and less debt is resonating with voters across Kentucky. He's building a winning coalition of conservatives, independents, and frustrated Democrats who believe in limited government, a strong national defense, and traditional values.
"The Washington establishment threw everything they had at him and yet he prevailed. Rand's victory is part of an American awakening that is taking place across the country as people embrace the principles of freedom that are the backbone of our country. It shows that Americans want strong leaders who will stand up to the massive spending, bailouts, and debt in Washington that are bankrupting our country."