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Rand Paul’s victory also a win for Tea Party

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Rand Paul’s victory also a win for Tea Party

Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) — Rand Paul, a first-time political candidate and beloved figure among Tea Party activists, captured the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky on Tuesday.

Paul’s opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, conceded the race as polls showed Paul cruising to a sizable victory.

“We must unite behind Dr. Paul,” Grayson told supporters in Hebron, Kentucky. “We have more things that unite us.”

Paul, an opthamologist from Bowling Green, will face Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election. CNN has projected that Conway will win the state’s Democratic Senate primary.

Paul’s triumph represents the biggest victory of the 2010 election season for the Tea Party movement, which joined forces with supporters of Paul’s father, former presidential candidate Ron Paul, to overwhelm Grayson and his backers in the state’s GOP establishment…

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