ELECTION RESULTS | Rand Paul wins Republican nomination for U.S. - WDRB 41 Louisville News

ELECTION RESULTS | Rand Paul wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate race in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has won the Republican nomination in his pursuit of a second term.

Paul juggled dual campaigns for the White House and re-election to the Senate until early this year, when he ended his struggling presidential bid. In Tuesday's primary election, the Kentucky Republican defeated his two Republican challengers -- James Gould and Steve Slaughter.

Paul rode a wave of tea party support in winning his Senate seat in 2010. The libertarian-leaning Paul kept to his low tax-and-spend mantra during his first Senate term. He also championed efforts to curtail the federal government's surveillance powers, and has ventured into minority neighborhoods to advocate for criminal-justice reforms.


Precincts Reporting: 3671 of 3696

RAND PAUL:                            168,334               85%

JAMES GOULD:                         16,586                8%

STEPHEN SLAUGHTER:            13,737                7%

Shortly after being declared the nominee, Paul posted a video statement on YouTube. The transcript of that statement is below:

I want to thank Kentucky voters for voting for me today.

I will continue to fight to balance the budget, to spend only what comes in, and to quit sending our hard earned tax dollars overseas.

To keep jobs in Kentucky, to keep our jobs from being shipped overseas, we need lower tax rates to allow American businesses to compete.  Jobs will stay in America when we once again make America a good place to do business.

We must stop the borrowing and spending. We now have a 19 trillion dollar debt. We borrow a million dollars every minute. Economists argue that we lose a million jobs each year because of the burden of this debt.

Even with this enormous debt, politicians continue to send your hard earned dollars overseas. Congress spent more than a hundred billion dollars on infrastructure in Afghanistan.

It’s high time we consider what is best for Kentucky. It’s high time we put Kentucky first.

Tonight I pledge to keep up the fight for balanced budgets, and American jobs, and an end to the War on Coal.

Thank you for your vote today, on to victory in November.

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