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KY Senate: Rand Paul leads Democrats by double-digits

Rasmussen is out with new polling in Kentucky showing Rand Paul and his primary opponent, Trey Grayson, with double-digit leads over potential general election match-ups with Democrats, Daniel Mongiardo and Jack Conway.

Rand Paul v. Daniel Mongiardo

  • Mongiardo: 34%
  • Paul: 51%
  • Other: 3%
  • Not sure: 12%

Rand Paul v. Jack Conway

  • Conway: 34%
  • Paul: 49%
  • Other: 4%
  • Not sure: 13%

Grayson also polls well against Conway and Mongiardo, but not as well at Paul.

Opposition to health care is an issue that is hurting the two Democrats, as 53% of likely voters strongly oppose ObamaCare. Voters are also not very kind to President Barack Obama on the issue, as 58% disapprove of his handling of health care.

Rand Paul gives closing arguments during debate

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KY Senate: Rand Paul holds commanding lead

A new poll from Magellan Strategies shows Rand Paul appears to be pulling away from Trey Grayson, the establishment candidate, in the Republican primary for United States Senate in Kentucky.

Rand Paul v. Trey Grayson

  • Grayson: 23%
  • Paul: 44%
  • Undecided: 33%

Paul’s name ID is at 90% with 43% of GOP primary voters having a favorable view of him (12% have an unfavorable view). Grayson on the other hand has an 85% name ID, but only 31% of voters have a favorable view of him and 20% have an unfavorable view.

The interesting dynamic here is that Grayson has been elected statewide, first in 2003 and he won re-election in 2007. It’s remarkable that Rand Paul, who is making his first run for elected office has a higher name ID in a GOP than someone who has run twice statewide and his a current elected official.

Liberty Candidates: Too Many to Count?

Rand Paul. RJ Harris. Adam Kokesh. Peter Schiff. Debra Medina. The list of liberty candidates running for political office is seemingly endless.

Just yesterday B.J. Lawson joined the ranks. He is running for North Carolina’s 4th district U.S. House of Representatives seat. Two years ago he was one of only a handful of liberty candidates running. Though he was defeated, this year a win is much more likely.

Two years ago having an (R) by your name was more of a liability than an asset. Bush was not popular and the Republican Party as a whole was not seen in a positive light. The public was ready for change, but recently have shown they were not looking for a change towards a hard-left agenda.

Liberty candidates are in practice more libertarian than the typical “Conservative” than the typical Republican. They are in effect in a very desirable position. Though the Republican Party is still not looked at favorably among the public, many will vote for Republicans as a vote against Democrats. On top of that liberty candidates have the added benefit of gaining many Independents and Democratic voters because of their libertarian-leaning stances that resonate with them.

Rand Paul releases first TV ad

Rand Paul’s campaign for United States Senate in Kentucky is airing its first ad, purchasing $50,000 worth of air time on the Fox News Channel.

In the ad, Rand Paul discusses national defense and keeping accused terrorists at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

This ad is going to make many of Ron Paul’s supporters very angry, much like his comments blasting Barack Obama over trials for Gitmo detainees back in November. He risks alienating a lot of people. However, the overwhelming majority of them aren’t casting a ballot in Kentucky Republican primary on May 18th.

It’s certainly smart politics, I don’t dispute that, but I don’t like that he is towing the fear-mongering party line.

Sarah Palin Endorses Rand Paul

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Palin endorses Rand Paul

Editor’s note: We posted about this last week, but has since become official.

What could be a better followup to my previous post than scanning the front page of Politico and stumbling across this headline: Palin endorses Rand Paul

I checked Rand’s home page and found this:

National political icon and conservative leader Sarah Palin has endorsed Dr. Rand Paul in his bid for United States Senate from Kentucky. The Paul campaign has received a generous donation from Governor Palin’s PAC.

Sarah Palin has clearly seen that Rand Paul supports smaller, constitutional government and is taking the fight to the career politicians and will shake up the tax and spend crowd in Washington D.C.

“Governor Palin is providing tremendous leadership as the Tea Party movement and constitutional conservatives strive to take our country back,” Rand said.

“Sarah Palin is a giant in American politics. I am proud to receive her support.”

“I’m trying to go to Washington to fight to lower taxes and spending, and for term limits and balanced budgets. I will go to protect the lives of our unborn children,” Rand said.

We know one thing: Rand has the Republican nomination in the bag and now its a matter of growing in his polling against the Democrat challengers.

Sarah Palin to endorse Rand Paul

There is a report out that Sarah Palin will endorse Rand Paul in the Republican primary for United States Senate over establishment candidate Trey Grayson:

As Republican US Senate candidate Dr. Rand Paul approaches his biggest campaign event yet—a Saturday rally at the Fairgrounds that will feature Paul onstage with his dad, former Presidential candidate and US Congressman Dr. Ron Paul—the big news is an upcoming endorsement from 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

David Adams, Paul’s campaign manager, said he would announce the endorsement “as soon as we get it.”

“I would categorize that one as ‘worth waiting for’,” he said. “I’m waiting as patiently as I can.”

I’m not the biggest fan of Sarah Palin, in fact I’m annoyed by her, but this can’t hurt Paul in a Republican primary. It’s weird to have his father, Ron Paul, campaigning for him in the same week Palin will endorse him.

H/T: Reason

Repeal It pledge picks up steam

On Thursday I posted a link to a new website sponsored by the Club for Growth that offered a pledge to lawmakers, candidates and citizens to help repeal ObamaCare should it pass the Congress this year.

Since the launch of Repeal It, 5,203 citizens (likely to be more by the time you read this) have given their pledge to support candidates for federal office that will work to repeal the legislation being falsely promoted as “health care reform.”

Twenty-nine lawmakers, members of the House and Senate, have signed the pledge for their respective chambers promising their states and districts that they will repeal ObamaCare.

And 58 candidates for either the House or Senate have also taken the pledge to “to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government.”

Three signers of the candidate pledge are candidates we’ve been following here at United Liberty because of their extraordinary stances on issues of economic and personal liberty: Adam Kokesh (R-NM-3), Rand Paul (R-KY-Senate) and Peter Schiff (R-CT-Senate).

Other notable candidates that have signed the pledge are:

KY Senate: Paul leads both potential Democratic opponents

A new Rasmussen poll show Rand Paul (and his primay opponent) holding comfortable leads over his potential Democratic Party opponents:

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Rand Paul, an opthamologist and the son of Congressman Ron Paul, remain ahead of Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. Now, however, the GOP hopefuls also are beating state Attorney General Jack Conway.
Grayson leads Mongiardo by the same seven-point margin he had in the previous survey – 44% to 37%. Against Conway, he now posts a 10-point lead – 45% to 35%.

Paul runs stronger against Mongiardo. His five-point lead in October has now jumped to a 14-point spread – 49% to 35%. He bests Conway now 46% to 38%.

Both Republicans carry over 70% of the votes of those who strongly oppose the health care plan no matter which Democrat they are facing.

The party primary, including the GOP primary that puts Paul against Grayson, is on May 18th. For now, it would seem that this race is Paul’s to lose. As long as he can keep his campaign drama quiet and keep his eye on the end goal, he should win.

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