(CNN) – How did Rand Paul become Kentucky's junior senator?
In an undeniably unhappy year, his state's voters still stand out. Three in four voters here describe themselves as "dissatisfied" or "angry" toward the federal government. And those voters backed Paul by a margin of nearly 2 to 1.
Sixty-one percent of white men with no college went for Paul - an echo of the white working-class problem that plagued the president in the '08 primary there. The state's voters still haven't warmed to Obama: his 37 percent approval rating lags his national numbers, while the GOP's favorables break 50 percent. The 62 percent of voters who disliked Obama voteed for Paul, 82-17 percent.
(side note - Aqua Buddha didn't make waves among the 50 percent of the state's voters who describe themselves as evangelical: 69 percent of white, born-again voters backed Paul - an even healthier showing than the 64 percent who voted for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's last re-election bid.)
A plurality of Kentucky voters - 43 percent - say they support the Tea Party. And 90 percent of those voters backed Paul over Jack Conway. Conway got roughly the same percentage of the vote from the 3 in 10 voters who oppose the Tea Party. Bottom line: they're outnumbered in the Bluegrass State.