(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.)
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) - 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) – 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.
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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."
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/17/art.rand.jpg caption="Rand Paul is the choice of Tea Party activists in Kentucky."]Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - A win by Rand Paul in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, a likely prospect according to most polling, would give the Tea Party movement its biggest triumph of the 2010 election season.
But it will also be a win for Democrats who would prefer to run against Paul - a libertarian-leaning ophthalmologist and son of former presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas - instead of the other leading GOP contender and establishment favorite, Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
Democrats are confident that Paul's uncompromising small-government views - he would like to shutter the departments of Education and Agriculture, for example - will alienate moderate voters in a general election contest against the eventual Democratic nominee, either Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo or Attorney General Jack Conway. Their primary is considered too close to call as the race enters its final hours.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/17/art.rand.jpg caption="Rand Paul campaigns in Kentucky one day before the Senate primary there."]Corbin, Kentucky (CNN) – The two top Republicans vying for the Senate GOP nomination will be barnstorming the state Monday looking for a last minute boost of support and jostling over everything from farm subsidies and the future of coal to whether the state should continue to receive congressional earmarks.
But one of the key questions for those in the state, as well as the national observers looking at this primary, is what impact will the anti-tax, anti-Washington Tea Party movement have on this race?
Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist and first-time political candidate, has drawn a large amount of support from Tea Party activists in the state that has helped propel him into the lead, according to recent Louisville Courier-Journal/WHAS Bluegrass Polls.
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(CNN) – Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is touting a high profile endorsement in his bid for his state's Republican Senate nomination in a new campaign commercial. Grayson was officially endorsed Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is also the state's senior senator. Grayson and Rand Paul are the top GOP contenders in the battle for the GOP nomination. Kentucky holds its primary in two weeks.
"Trey Grayson has a proven conservative record as Secretary of State, cutting his office budget by 15% and ensuring that Kentucky's taxpaying families have easy access to information about his office and budget," says McConnell in a statement released by the Grayson campaign.
"I rarely endorse in primaries but these are critical times. President Obama's spending threatens to destroy more jobs. I know Trey Grayson and trust him. We need Trey's conservative leadership to help turn back the Obama agenda," says McConnell, in the new ad.
(CNN) – The founder of Focus on the Family, the influential socially conservative organization, is switching his endorsement in the divisive Republican Senate primary battle in Kentucky.
James Dobson Monday endorsed Rand Paul after originally backing Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson last week.
"Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake? I did just that last week. I was given misleading information about the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul, who is running in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Senior members of the GOP told me Dr. Paul is pro-choice and that he opposes many conservative perspectives, so I endorsed his opponent," Dobson said in a statement released Monday by the Paul campaign.
"But now I've received further information from OB/GYN's in Kentucky whom I trust, and from interviewing the candidate himself. I now know that he is avidly pro life. He believes that life begins at conception," added Paul.