Anti-Establishment Candidates Take Power in GOP Senate Primaries

By: Saturday June 12, 2010 11:55 am

This is not a great time to be a Republican establishment candidate for Senate–even if you’re already a Senator. Voters are dissing old-school officeholders in favor of insurgents whose allegiances rhyme with “me.”

Primary Upsets: Anti-Establishment Triple Play

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 12:14 am

Tuesday was a bad day for Washington establishment candidates and a bad day for conservative Democrats. All three establishment favorites performed poorly in the May 18 elections. The most powerful Washington Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), endorsed Trey Grayson for Senate. Despite being the home state Senator, McConnell’s endorsement carried little weight in [...]

KY Sen: Rand Paul Surges; Dead Heat Dems Trade Ethics Charges

By: Friday May 14, 2010 7:59 am

Rand Paul has surged from a long-shot insurgent candidate to dominate the polls just days before the May 18 primary. According to a SurveyUSA poll, Paul has a 16-point lead over Trey Grayson (Paul 49 – Grayson 33). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is strongly backing Grayson, but being the party establishment’s favorite is not [...]

Party On! The GOP Is the New Hotbed of Insurgency

By: Monday May 10, 2010 9:18 pm

There is a meme that the Republican Party has a top-down, authoritarian structure where potential candidates patiently wait their turn for nominations. On the other hand, the Democratic Party hosts a divided, disorganized coalition. Yet this year, it’s the GOP that is seeing a roiling, rebellious bottom-up movement with little deference to leadership. We have [...]

KY Sen: McConnell Endorses Grayson in Attempt to Swing GOP away from Rand Paul

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 5:01 am

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson has long been viewed as the hand-picked favorite of Senate Minority Leader and senior Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. But now McConnell is officially jumping into the race by directly endorsing Grayson over insurgent candidate Rand Paul in a new statewide television ad. This is a big late-game move by [...]

KY Sen: Bunning’s Revenge

By: Thursday April 15, 2010 7:42 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the big man in Republican Kentucky politics. McConnell had decided early in this election cycle he did not want Jim Bunning (R-KY) to run for re-election, and so put strong pressure on Bunning to drop his re-election campaign. Eventually Bunning relented and McConnell thought he had cleared the way [...]

KY Sen: Rand Paul Maintains Strong Lead in GOP Primary, Conway Surges with Dems

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 11:06 am

Rand Paul is in a dominate position in the Republican primary for the open Kentucky Senate seat (currently held by the retiring Jim Bunning) according to a new SurveyUSA poll. Paul leads his closest primary opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, by 15 points. Paul has the support of 45% of likely Republican primary voters [...]

Kentucky Senate Race Looking to Be a Rand Paul-Dan Mongiardo Matchup

By: Monday March 8, 2010 11:46 am

A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass/WHAS-TV poll of the Kentucky Senate race conducted by SurveyUSA shows that the likely general election matchup will between Democrat Dan Mongiardo and Republican Rand Paul. In the Democratic primary, Dan Mongiardo has a strong lead over his Democratic challengers. Forty-five percent of likely Democratic primary voters selected Mongiardo, while Jack Conway, [...]

Good Day For Anti-Establishment Republican Senate Primary Challengers

By: Monday February 1, 2010 4:34 pm

Today contained some good news for Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, both Republican Senate candidates in primary contests against opponents that are viewed as the “establishment” choice. Marco Rubio is running against the current Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist. Rubio has been surging in the polls for several months, and now the latest Rasmussen [...]

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