November 2nd, 2010
07:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Exit Polls: Rand Paul's success

(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.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Paul will attempt to repeal the disability act, the civil rights act, social security benefits, healthcare reform, food for animals, food for people, housing for people, you name it. He's bad news for the poor, old and sick.

    November 2, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Joe Bob

    So What else do you expect from Kentucky? Its not like he's won the Presidency. President Obama is still our President,
    thank god.

    November 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Zinger

    Dad a rep, son a senator now. Both welcome presences in Congress.

    November 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Dave

    Where are you getting the term "junior senator"? There is NO such thing. He's a Senator now. Yes he's new to the senate but you're using the wrong terms, you're either a Senator or not we have NO rankings as you're using them.

    November 2, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. Jerry

    Great thats one whack job elected to the senate.

    November 2, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. John in Mississippi

    Sixty-one percent of white men with no college went for Paul...Not surprising when 82% of Kentucky Republicans have no education at all...

    November 2, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Keltonia

    Ron Paul and Rand are the only TRUE voices of change. If you want change, there you have it. Obama has merely done what Bush did... only more of it and faster and more expensively!!! Was that the change you sought? This article is making much of "not college educated" (hmmm, I wonder why???).... anyway, a college education, these days, means nothing.... every cheerleader and jock gets a "college education" these days. Maybe the regular, productive, blue collar types need to make some decisions.

    November 2, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Randyman

    It's Kentucky...about as backwoods as you get

    November 2, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Rand Paul is a "junior Senator" in every way possible. He's a liar, a cheat, mean-spirited and wants to run rough-shod over all social programs, no matter who they benefit.

    Speaking of which, I'm waiting to hear him say that he'll deny his health coverage and retirement he'll get as a Senator.

    Put your money where your mouth is, you jerk!

    November 2, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Bill

    Rand will be like a fish out of water in the big city, Washington. He'll be eaten alive. Being from Kentucky and all. (Kind of like
    the Beverly Hillbillys). Don't wear white shoes to the White House during President Obama's dinners, now.

    November 2, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Ado

    Claudia, you dont understand. He wants to repeal these federal laws. Most states already have building codes and all that. Why the hell should our federal government be providing food for animals? Also, why the hell should our federal government be providing food to people unless we urge them to do so? The constitution doesnt say "Every Friday is free bread day at the capitol". Go on google and lookup how much of a success government housing is.

    As long as people are dependent on others they will never get anywhere or do anything. We need to create incentives and work out policy that will allow people to get up and do work in the private sector. Less regulations from the IRS on business' would work wonders. Incentives are the way to go, not just giving people what they want cause they dont have the will to do anything on their own.

    Senior citizens get screwed over by not being in control of their retirement fund until they reach a certain age. People should be able to control their own retirement funds. Keep the money that goes into SS and use it how they want. Create and demand responsibility from everyone.

    November 2, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Here's my prediction:

    The Republicans will spend the next two years blocking everything President Obama tries to do, regardless of how much the American people suffer.

    Then they'll run their 2012 presidential campaign, blaming everyone's woes on the President and the Democrats.

    They'll hope to regain control of the White House, Congress and the Senate.

    And if they do, they'll finish off the United States of America once and for all.

    We will be a third-world theocracy, where foreign and domestic corporations own and run everything, with religious police keeping the masses in line.

    There will be no regulation of business, no protection of the environment, women's rights will be turned back 100 years, minorities, the elderly and the disables will be told tough luck.

    And this is exactly the world Rand Paul dreams of – and one that I'll lay money, he'll work night and day for.

    Thanks a heck of a lot, Kentucky!

    November 2, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Ado

    Thinkagain, you're talking about candidates who want liberalize everything. They are social liberals and fiscal conservatives. They want you and me to spend our money on what we think we need not what the government thinks we need. Everyone hopes that the Republican party will return to its roots and believe in these things as well. Democrats and Republicans alike have been in bed with corporations for quite sometime now. Fanny and Freddy mac anyone?

    Get the bigger picture. Its not the governments job to take of you from cradle to grave. It's your job and those who care for you. Eventually we will not be able to take care of everyone anyways unless you dont mind everyone just working for the government paying 80% of their salary to DC.

    November 2, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. darla

    Yess you won good job corporate media hope you are all proud of yourself a week from now when this people you helped put into power start acting up. and made this country worse the backlash and blame will be on you.

    November 2, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. S. In California STILL Laughing

    With ALL things considered. There's NO surprise there. Moving on... to worthwhile states.

    November 2, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. NICE

    Well, it is certainly refreshing to see name calling and calling people stupid as a reaction to those who did not do as you want them to. The people in Kentucky voted for a person they believed would change the status quo. Term limits, elimination of the Federal Reserve, lower taxes, hmmm that some really silly stuff to want. I guess it all depends on if you are a producer or a taker.

    November 2, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Give me a break

    Democrats had the chance to end the patriot act (which they screamed about) but what do they do? Extended it. They voted health care in when the majority opposed it, wow that's real "democratic".

    Kentucky has the right idea. The constitution is the rules we gave our government to operate within. When they violate those rules they nullify their own authority. The rights of an individual are not to be violated despite the majority. Both party's are 2 wings on the same bird, get over it.

    We the people have other rights you seem to have forgotten. When the government steps outside the laws we have given them, its our right and duty to throw off and abolish them and institute NEW governments that will abide by our laws and best preserve our liberty and happiness.

    The government has long overstepped it's bounds, and not done the job they were supposed to do to begin with. We are governed by consent, it's time they get reminded of that time to time, because they seem to forget quickly. Liberal polices and programs are ruining America. And if all that money has been paid back...why didn't the debt go down, we're tired of the scams and self serving politicians.

    November 2, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |