LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Rand Paul is calling his victory in Kentucky's Republican U.S. Senate race "a tremendous mandate for the tea party."
Paul defeated Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson in a race that was closely watched as a test of the tea party movement's strength.
Paul told The Associated Press that people don't want the "same old politicians" in Washington.
Paul, a 47-year-old Bowling Green eye surgeon, had never before run for office and turned to the Internet fundraising model used by his father to pay for his campaign. Grayson stayed competitive drawing heavy financial support from traditional GOP donors inside Kentucky.