Rand Paul won his third term in the Senate tonight, defeating Democratic nominee Charles Booker. The Associated Press declared Paul’s victory shortly after 7 p.m. EST. Kentucky hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992.
Paul ran on a platform of limited government, conservative principles, and the promise to investigate the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic thoroughly, as well as the origins of the virus. Paul, who has had several tense exchanges with Dr. Anthony Fauci over the last two years regarding COVID-19, expressed his concern over avoiding similar mistakes should another pandemic happen.
“It’s not about Fauci going to jail, although that probably would be appropriate,” Paul said during a campaign event earlier this month. “It’s about finding the truth of the origins of the virus so this doesn’t happen again.”
Paul delivered a victory speech Tuesday night after the Associated Press’s projection.
“In this hour of victory, as a red wave spreads across America, we don’t come together to rejoice in the dissipation of power. We come together to reaffirm our support for the 10th Amendment — that powers not explicitly granted to the federal government are retained by the states and the people,” Paul said.