Submitted By Todd on May 18th at 10:13pm
The power structure, from Republican leader Mitch McConnell to President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, took a slap upside the head from the Tea Party energy tonight, as Rand Paul grabbed the GOP nomination for senate in Kentucky.
Political novice Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to victory in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary tonight, delivering a jolt to the GOP establishment and providing fresh evidence of widespread voter discontent in a turbulent midterm election season.McConnell had made his choice for who would join him as a senator from Kentucky, but that didn't help Trey Grayson.
Paul had 59 percent of the vote -- with returns counted from 29 percent of the precincts -- to 37 percent for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who had been recruited to run by the state's dominant Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.This is further confirmation that business as usual is not likely to be the trend in November, and that's bad news for the party in power.
In a Democratic primary that commanded far less national attention, Attorney General Jack Conway led Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, 49 percent to 39 percent.It's good news for the GOP in general, though, as Rand Paul will win the general election - and a new generation of leaders, less entrenched and far more appealing than McConnell, can take the reigns.
On the busiest primary night of the year so far, Democratic Sens. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas struggled uncertainly for nomination to new terms.