Sen. Rand Paul wins 2016 Kentucky Senate race

Republican Rand Paul has beaten Jim Gray, a Democrat, in the race for the Kentucky Senate seat currently held by Paul.

Republicans kept control of Senate majority, fending off what was thought to be a strong takeover bid by Democrats.

So far, 33 Senate races have been decided, with Republicans winning 21 and Democrats winning 12. Going into Tuesday, Republicans held a majority in the Senate, with 54 seats vs. 44 for the Democrats. Two Independents in the Senate both caucus with the Democrats.

Paul, a 53-year-old ophthalmologist, was elected to the Senate in 2010 as part of the GOP's tea party wave. He made an unsuccessful run at the GOP presidential nomination this year, hoping to expand the libertarian base that his father, Ron Paul, built into a powerful national coalition.

Paul wanted to expand the Republican Party's base and didn't always follow the party line. In 2013, he filibustered the nomination of the new FBI director and quit the floor more than 10 hours later, after the White House put out a letter clarifying whether American citizens could be targeted by drone attacks.

Gray is the only openly gay major-party candidate running for Senate this cycle, a status that is drawing the spotlight to his otherwise long-shot Democratic bid to unseat Paul. Gray, who's independently wealthy, never commented publicly on Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Kentucky voted for Republican businessman Donald Trump in Tuesday’s presidential election.

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From staff and wire reports, powered by Heliograf, The Post's artificial intelligence system.

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