[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/18/art.kyclub0518.cnn.jpg caption="Kentucky Senate hopeful Rand Paul 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."]
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."
He dismissed suggestions a Tea Party label would hurt him in a general election. "I think that a lot of the things that the Tea Party is for are actually very popular with independents and Democrats. You poll term limits, which is one of our No. 1 issues, you find 78 percent of Democrats are for term limits. So I think the outsider label, the anti-incumbency, the anti-Washington, all of those are still good things for us
Paul says he's confident the divided Republican Party will mend fences after this tough primary battle and he has no hard feelings for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed Paul's top GOP opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. He pointed to an already scheduled unity event this weekend with all the candidates and McConnell. "I'm looking forward to Saturday. I will meet with Mitch McConnell and the other elected Republicans in Kentucky on Saturday for a unity rally and I forsee us working together in the fall."
Still, when asked whether he'd vote to keep McConnell as the Republican leader, Paul dodged the question.
Paul's rival, Grayson, voted absentee and worked in his state office throughout the day in his official capacity as one of those responsible for overseeing the state elections. His campaign will be holding its election-night event at a hotel in Florence, Kentucky.
Paul said the Republican Party needs to change and react to the voters' mood. "We need to be fiscally conservative," Paul said. "You know, when we were in charge, we doubled the deficit, but now that the Democrats are in charge, they're tripling the deficit. So they're not doing any better than we were, but when we were in charge we didn't do a very good job either."
The Kentucky Board of Elections is reporting turnout lower than in 2006, when there was no Senate race in Kentucky.
If Paul wins he says he'll continue campaigning, beginning with early national TV interviews Wednesday morning. The message he wants to share: "The Tea Party message is bipartisan chastisement over the debt, over the deficit, and over controlling federal spending."