According to a combination of exit polls and early voting, media outlets have projected that Rand Paul will win a second term to the US Senate. He defeats Jim Gray, the Democratic candidate and the current Mayor of Lexington. As of post time, with 15% reporting, Paul has earned 58% of the vote, compared to Gray’s 42%. Paul won his seat against Jack Conway in 2010, earning 55.69% during the “Tea Party wave.”
The Kentucky Senator competed in the Republican presidential primary earlier this year before suspending his campaign after the Iowa Caucuses. He had some discussion with the Kentucky GOP before they agreed to change their presidential primary to a caucus system, thus allowing him to also run in the Senate primary. However, this all turned out to be irrelevant, as Paul had already withdrawn from the presidential election by the time Kentucky came along during the presidential primary.
Paul has made his name during his first term by taking positions fairly unorthodox for Republicans. He has opposed warrantless NSA spying and the War on Drugs, while also attempting to curb needless defense spending. While drawing the ire of some in his party, he also been able to join with some Democrats like Cory Booker in crafting legislation.