Election Night Blog: Rand Paul (U.S. Senate)

U.S. Senate

Cristen Friddell

Follow the Herald’s coverage from victory headquarters all night long, from the time the first polls close until the winner is officially declared and everything in between.

8:14 P.M. Paul: “I am humbled by the honor bestowed upon me by the people of Kentucky.” Paul left the stage to the crowd again chanting his name and a band singing a song about him.

8:12 P.M. Paul said government needs to get out of the way so Americans can solve the nation’s current problems.

“America’s best days lie ahead of her if we can once again release the creative genius… and the faith in ourselves that is the American Dream,” he said.

8:07 P.M. Paul: “I have a message, a message from the people of Kentucky. We have come to take our country back.”

8:06 P.M. Paul is now giving his victory speech. “Tonight, there’s a Tea Party tidal wave,” he said.

7:59 P.M. Paul’s supporters chanted his name while two of his sons Duncan and Robert prepared to play guitar. His father, Ron Paul, is speaking to the party via Skype.

7:30 P.M. Rand Paul victory buttons are being sold at the election party. Posters saying Rand Paul has won — and calling that win a historic event — are available for $5.

7:11 P.M. U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield: “We need to create jobs, not create obstacles to jobs.”

Blues musician Jimmie Vaughan began playing at about 7:15 p.m.

7:06 P.M. From U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie: “My biggest concern is … the majority of Americans feel their children will not live as well as they do. We have to change this. I pledge to you, we are going to Washington to make things better.”

6:53 P.M. Events, including speeches and music, are kicking off at Paul’s election party.

“It’s a great night to be a Republican,” said Steve Robertson, chairman of the Republican Party in Kentucky.

6:32 P.M. Bowling Green resident Judy Lowe Warner said projections that Paul will win made her feel hopeful.

6:15 P.M. Supporters at Paul’s election party clap as Fox News declares Paul the winner with four counties partially reporting. Conway is leading 52 percent to 47 percent in unnofficial poll results.

Barbra and Landon Taylor said that they drove 80 miles from their home in Campbellsville to be at Rand Paul’s election party tonight. Before many of the election results were in, the Taylors said they were confident about Paul’s chances.

“I am feeling good about this,” said Landon Taylor as he watched one of the TV screens. “Maybe (the Tea Party) can take back a few more states tonight.”

Both said they’re unemployed because government regulations make it hard for them to make a profit.

“We are people who would work if the government would stop putting so many things in our way,” Barbara Taylor said.

6:07 P.M. Multiple national media outlets are calling the race for Paul.

4:58 P.M. Media are setting up at Rand Paul’s election night headquarters at the Sloan Convention Center, 1021 Wilkinson Trace. Activities are expected to start in the next hour or so.