May 18 (Bloomberg) -- Tea Party-backed candidate Rand Paul defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson for the state’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination.
“This Tea Party movement is a message to Washington that we’re unhappy, and we want things done differently,” Paul said in his victory speech tonight. “Washington is horribly broken.”
Paul, 47, is the son of U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, the long-shot 2008 presidential candidate whose anti-tax, anti-government politics struck a chord with a swath of voters. Attorney General Jack Conway defeated Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo in the race for the Democratic nomination, according to the Associated Press.
“The mandate of our victory tonight is huge,” Paul said.
Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement that Paul “is committed to fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and smaller government in Washington.”
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