(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Rand Paul in a statement released Tuesday. McConnell backed Paul's opponent in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary, but said that Kentucky Republicans will "unite in standing against the overreaching policies of the Obama Administration."
Read McConnell's fulls statement after the jump.
Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - In his concession telephone call to Dr. Rand Paul, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson pledged to his GOP Senate primary opponent that he would say good things about him and would see him on Saturday, Paul campaign manager David Adams said.
(CNN) - CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin reports that Sen. Jim Bunning issued a statement Tuesday evening following Rand Paul's victory in the Kentucky Senate GOP primary. Bunning, a fellow Republican, is retiring at the end of the year and Paul is running to replace him.
Read Bunning's statement after the jump.
(CNN) - Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson has conceded Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary to Rand Paul.
"We must unite behind Dr. Paul," Grayson said, adding, "We have more things that unite us."
CNN earlier projected Paul, the son of Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, as the primary's winner.
(CNN) – About two hours before polls close in Pennsylvania, a subdued Sen. Arlen Specter walked into the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia and told reporters he is optimistic about the outcome of tonight's Democratic primary race.
"I'm optimistic if we get out our vote. I've been in a lot of tough races, a lot of close races," Specter said. "I would describe six of my races as the political fight of my life. I am like a cat with seven lives."
After a hard fought campaign, Specter can only wait for results to be announced.
"No regrets. No regrets. No regrets," the incumbent senator said.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala gave President Obama’s appearance in Youngstown, Ohio Tuesday a “C+” on the partisanship scale.
Earlier: Obama rips stimulus opponents
Speaking on CNN’s John King, USA, Begala called on the president to elevate his rhetoric and hit back harder against Republicans or else the Democrats run the risk of losing big in the midterm elections this November.
While discussing how presidential approval ratings can affect a party’s midterm electoral success, Begala explained how former President Ronald Reagan set the standard for the modern era by losing only 28 congressional seats despite sporting a 42 percent approval rating in the 1982 midterms.
(CNN) – CNN projects that Rand Paul, the son of Republican Rep. Ron Paul, has won Kentucky's Republican Senate primary.
(CNN) – Political novice and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul has an early lead over Secretary of State Trey Grayson in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary.
With 16 percent of precincts reporting, Paul had 52.8 percent of the vote, and Grayson had 34.2 percent. The last polls in the state closed at 6 p.m. CT.
Grayson is the establishment candidate and was the early favorite. But Paul, a libertarian-leaning physician and son of former GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, picked up the backing of some Tea Party groups and had taken the lead in polls leading up to Tuesday’s primary.
Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - Kentucky Republican senatorial front-runner Rand Paul is hoping he will have a victory to celebrate in a few hours and has chosen a unique place to hold his election-night event: the spacious rolling hills of the Bowling Green County Club, where he is a member.
"I always loved the view ... I thought it would be neat if the weather were nice just for the view. Some people do it in hotel rooms. I think hotels are a little generic and boring," Paul said.
Paul is a favorite of the Tea Party activists in the state, who believe in fiscal discipline and championing the under-represented, but Paul said he didn't think his choice of venue sent an unusual message. "I guess some people could argue that. But I think it is a beautiful place."
One upside for him: He gets free use of the facilities tonight.
Earlier today, after Paul voted in his local precinct, he repeated his message that a victory here would be a mandate for the Tea Party. "I think it shows the power" of the movement, he said. "I think this will be the first big, statewide victory for the Tea Party movement. So I think it's huge."