Thursday, December 31, 2009

Big Day In the Commonwealth

Rand Paul officially filed to run for the U.S. Senate as he has stormed to a huge fundraising and polling lead. The AP reported on the filing:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's son has officially entered the GOP Senate primary in Kentucky.

Rand Paul's campaign manager turned in the candidacy papers and a $500 check to the secretary of state's office on Wednesday afternoon.

Rand Paul, a Kentucky eye surgeon, has raised more than $1.7 million for his campaign largely by reaching out to people who had supported his father's unsuccessful presidential bid.

But the real story is the groundswell of grassroots Conservative activists who are flocking the campaign. WHAS reports that former Democrat Trey Grayson is too scared to even take questions about the race:

U.S. Senate candidate Trey Grayson said he's not worried about the race or fundraising between he and Rand Paul.

To date, Paul has raised $1.7 million.

Grayson, the current Secretary of State for Kentucky, said he won't release fundraising numbers until the end of January, adding that his campaign has the funding to win the race.

A poll from Public Policy shows Paul with a 19-point lead in the primary race. However, Grayson disputes those numbers, claiming that most polls show the race as a dead heat.