Kentucky election results 2010: Rand Paul defeats Jack Conway

Washington Post Staff
Monday, October 18, 2010; 5:05 PM

The Kentucky Senate race has been decided:

In Kentucky's Senate race, tea party favorite Rand Paul (R) handily defeated state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) to keep the seat in the GOP column. "There's a tea party tidal wave, and we're sending a message," Paul told cheering supporters at his victory party.

PostPolitics previewed the Kentucky 2010 Election:

This conservative, anti-Obama state is the scene of a bitter battle between eye doctor and tea party favorite Rand Paul (R) and state Attorney General Jack Conway (D). Paul is narrowly favored to win and replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R).

The race has turned nasty, with both candidates trading barbs. Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), has accused Conway of twisting facts, and Conway alleged in an ad that Paul is anti-Christian. After Conway defended the ad at a candidates debate, Paul refused to shake the Democrat's hand when it ended.

(WATCH: Conway and Paul trade barbs)

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