Republican Sen. Rand Paul handily beat Lexington Democratic Mayor Jim Gray in the race for Kentucky’s senate seat Tuesday night.
Paul was able to maintain control of his senate seat after a failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this year. Paul had a sizeable lead against Gray going into Tuesday’s race.
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“There’s a clear contrast in vision between them and us,” Paul told supporters at a list-minute rally Monday before polls opened the next day.
“We want small constitutional government that defends the country,” Paul said. “Everybody says they want the country to grow and get richer, but you know what, it’s about what kind of policies will allow the country to grow.”
“Higher taxes or lower taxes, more regulations or less regulations, more deficits, more debt, more government or less,” Paul told supporters.
Paul also made sure to point out he voted against FBI Director James Comey’s nomination. Comey has come under fire from Democrats for reopening the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server in late October.
Republicans seized on the news to paint Clinton as corrupt, while Democrats were forced on the defensive. Comey sent a letter to Congress Monday, once again, ending the FBI’s Clinton investigation.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won Kentucky’s eight electoral votes Tuesday night. The real estate mogul went into the election with a 17 percentage point lead over Clinton, according to the latest poll.
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