Rand Paul beats Trey Grayson in 3Q fundraising

Fundraising numbers are in for the third quarter, and the news is good for Rand Paul, who outraised Trey Grayson by almost 2-to-1:

Trey Grayson (R), the Kentucky secretary of state who is the early favorite to replace Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), turned in one of the most disappointing performances of the quarter with just $640,000 raised. But the harm was mitigated a bit when state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) announced he had raised just slightly more — $673,000 — after raising $1.3 million last quarter.

The real winners in all this are their primary opponents. Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) son, Rand Paul (R), tapped many of his father’s donors to raise more than $1 million, and Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo (D) turned in an improved total of $514,000 for the quarter. Mongiardo will be happy to have the conversation be about someone else’s disappointing fundraising instead of his own this time.

Grayson’s numbers are absolutely dismal for someone running with establishment support. Paul has the money to run a solid campaign and get his name out there early.


Rasmussen polls potential Kentucky Senate matchups

Rasmussen is out with a poll in Kentucky. Either Rand Paul or Trey Grayson beat Daniel Mongiardo, but both struggle again Jack Conway:

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson beats Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo by seven points 44% to 37%. Four percent (4%) of Kentucky voters like some other candidate, and 14% are undecided. Both men have announced their candidacies. Mongiardo was the unsuccessful Democratic challenger to Bunning in 2004.

Grayson runs dead-even 40% to 40% against another announced Democratic candidate, state Attorney General Jack Conway, with just three percent (3%) opting for some other candidate. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.

Rand Paul, an opthamologist and the son of Congressman Ron Paul, also has announced his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Kentucky. Paul beats Mongiardo by five points – 43% to 38%. Six percent (6%) prefer another candidate, and 13% are not sure.

But Paul trails Conway by four – 42% to 38% - in that hypothetical match-up. Four percent (4%) choose some other candidate. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure.

No head-to-head match up between Paul and Grayson was polled.

Rand Paul passes $1 million in contributions

According to the Lexington Herald-Ledger, Rand Paul has passed the $1 million mark in his campaign the United States Senate:

Kentucky Senate hopeful Rand Paul hit a $1 million campaign fund-raising benchmark after netting an additional $185,000 through the same “money bomb” technique that his father Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas pioneered.

Rand Paul’s campaign encouraged donors to contribute on Wednesday in response to primary opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s $500-a-plate fundraiser headlined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas.

“The money bomb yesterday put in contrast the two campaigns,” Rand Paul said. “Ours is definitely a campaign of the outsiders versus the insiders.”

A significant portion of Paul’s fundraising has come from out of state donors who contribute small amounts, he said. His campaign has received more than $700,000 since July 1—more than $400,000 of that was raised in one day during his last online fundraiser.

Yesterday’s money bomb brought in $186,276 to the campaign, which was short of the $500,000, but still an impressive showing.

Fight for Kentucky begins tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Kentucky Fight between Rand Paul and Trey Grayson.

The Republican establishment in Washington is backing Grayson, throwing him a $500 per-person fundraiser. As I mentioned here last month, we are encouraging you to get behind Dr. Paul, as he will bring a much needed voice of liberty in the United States Senate. What we are asking you to do is counter Grayson’s fundraiser by sending some money to the only campaign that can help shake the status quo in DC.

Kentucky Fight picked up in the media

Our friends over at Kentucky Fight, a grassroots website promoting Rand Paul’s run for US Senate, have gotten some media exposure:

Supporter Josh Manuel has launched a site promoting a “fight,” so to speak, between Rand Paul and his opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

“He (Manuel) got annoyed with 23 senators and a bunch of lobbyists getting together to raise money for my opponent in the primary,” Paul said.

It’s an effort to raise money for Paul, while Grayson gets help from some republican heavyweights, including U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, during a fund raising dinner in Washington later this month.

Paul says the fundraiser is, “in a sense, already backfiring for his opponent,” and exciting the Rand Paul campaign.

“It’s motivating our people to raise money. We think we may raise as much money that day as they’ll drag in from all the lobbyists.”

Remember to save some cash and donate to Rand Paul on September 23rd.

Rand Paul raises $433k in one day

The Rand Paul money bomb was a success:

After roughly three weeks of campaigning, the son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul has shown himself to be a viable challenger for the Republican nomination to Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat.

On Thursday, Rand Paul, an eye doctor with no professional history in politics, announced that his campaign had been given $433,509 in just 24 hours; Just an echo of the $6 million, one-day “money bomb” his father enjoyed during the 2008 presidential campaigns.

“The real-time donation counter at Dr. Paul’s website at shows that the campaign has raised over $680,000,” Rand’s campaign Web site declares.

According to Paul’s campaign, the money was raised from 5,000 donors and the average donation was under $100.

KY-Senate: Rand Paul within reach

A poll sponsored by WHAS, an ABC affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky, shows Rand Paul trailing Secretary of State Trey Grayson by 11 points in the Republican primary for United States Senate (emphasis mine):

Mainstream Republicans will be shocked by the early strength for Rand Paul. While among moderates, Trey Grayson has a commanding 50% - 19% lead, among conservatives who may be more motivated to vote in the climate of the off-year election, Grayson leads only by seven points, 35% - 28%.

Video Update: Rand Paul Announces Senate Bid

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Rand Paul for Senate?

Now that Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) will not seek re-election, Rand Paul may consider a bid for the United State Senate:

Rand Paul, a Kentucky ophthalmologist, has said he would seek his state’s Republican nomination for senator only if Bunning didn’t. On Monday, Bunning announced he would not seek a third term because of a lack of campaign funds.

But Paul has not fully committed to a Senate run.

“We’re very close and probably there will be some announcement from us in a week to 10 days,”he told

Paul said he is talking to family and friends and gauging public support.

“We only want to do this if we can win,”he said.

Bob Barr Not Allowed to Speak in Kentucky

They were not allowed to speak even though the invitation allowed any candidates “Running for Kentucky or National Office” because they were not from one of the main political parties.

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