Rand Paul

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.

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RedState Editor: “I like Rand Paul”

This caught me by surprise. Erick Erickson of RedState said, “I like Rand Paul,” linking to the Kentucky Senate candidate’s website in his evening links. He added, “I gotta tell ya — I’m a fan. I could see supporting Rand.”

Erick and I both write at Peach Pundit, a Georgia political blog. We’ve talked in detail about the divide between libertarians and conservatives. Maybe he is coming around.

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.

Washington establishment backing Rand Paul’s opponent

I guess it should come as no suprise that Washington insiders are backing Trey Grayson over Rand Paul in the Republican primary for US Senate in Kentucky:

Two dozen members of the Senate Republican caucus — including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee — will hold a $500-per-person fundraiser for Secretary of State Trey Grayson on Sept. 23 at the committee’s headquarters in Washington.

Grayson’s campaign manager, Nate Hodson, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

David Adams, a spokesman for Rand Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist who is Grayson’s chief opponent in next year’s Republican primary, said the fundraiser doesn’t surprise him because it was clear the party’s leadership was lining up behind Grayson.

“Rand Paul is not going to make any policy decision nor will he make any vote based on what makes him popular with the leadership of any party,” Adams said.

Rand Paul is coming off an impressive day of fundraising, bringing $433k in one day.

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 RandPaul2010.com 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%.

Why The GOP Needs To Adopt Libertarian Ideas

Peter Schiff, Andrew Napolitano, and Rand Paul discuss what the GOP needs to do to make a comeback:


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