Rand Paul defeats Jack Conway in U.S. Senate race

11/02/2010 05:10 PM

UPDATE: Rand Paul, the champion of the tea party movement, is now the Senator-elect from Kentucky.

In his victory speech, Paul opened with a clear reference to his May 18 Republican primary victory declaration in which he famously started his speech with: “I have a message from the tea party.”

This time, he put a more local spin on it. Watch the clip here:

See the live blog recap below for a full account of the evening.

7:10 p.m. : Edison Research’s exit polling shows Republican Rand Paul with 55% to Democrat Jack Conway’s 45%.

Media organizations, including CNN called the Race for Paul, shortly after the polls closed in western Kentucky at 7 p.m.

Follow along here as cn|2 reporters live blog from the Rand Paul and Jack Conway’s election headquarters in Bowling Green and Louisville, respectively. The reporters will describe the party’s mood, election results and conduct interviews with important figures and supporters. Feel free to interact with the reporters as they blog, leaving comments and asking questions.

We’ll also be providing video from the victory/concession speeches after they occur.

Live blogging from candidates’ HQ in Louisville and Bowling Green:

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Interview with Paul supporter Dave Tilford in Louisville:

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