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GOP Sen. Rand Paul Declared Winner Of Kentucky GOP Primary

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has been declared the winner of the GOP primary.

Paul defeated Republicans Arnold Blankenship, Val Fredrick, Paul Hamilton, Tami Steinfield, and John Schiess in the Republican primary.

He will now face former Democrat state lawmaker Charles Booker, who won the Democratic primary on Tuesday night, in November’s general election.

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Paul, who is seeking his third term in the Senate, is running a campaign on a message of limited government and curbed spending.

“I think most people instinctively know that nothing really in life is free. You’re going to have to pay for it with hard work. Right now we’re paying for it through inflation and it could get much worse,” said Paul.

He added, “People come from government and they say, we will give you checks. Here’s $1,400, here’s a check. You know we’re going to take care of you. But what they don’t tell you is the penalty for that or the price for that is inflation.”

University of Kentucky political expert, D. Stephen Voss, said the economy is almost always a main issue for voters in every election.

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“Kentucky voters tend to be fairly moderate on economic issues including Kentucky republicans. They tend to be very conservative on social issues,” said Voss.

Paul went viral recently after calling for a special counsel could be called to investigate those who peddled the fake Russian collusion narrative.

During an interview on Newsmax, Paul joked about launching an investigation into Russian ties with environmentalists.

“Maybe we should get a special prosecutor,” Paul said. “Maybe we need to spend about $100 million investigating Putin’s contributions to the green alarmists in our country.”

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“I don’t know if it’s true,” Paul added. “But can you imagine, there’s probably more truth to that than any of the BS they put forward about trying to connect the Russians to the Trump campaign.”

Left-wing environmental groups opposed the Keystone XL pipeline and have also pushed for restrictions on oil and gas drilling as well as fracking, claiming it has contributed to climate change.

Others argue that left-wing efforts against oil and gas drilling, coupled with current Biden administration policies, contributed to high oil and gas prices, which means more revenue for the Russian government given they are large producers of oil.

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Paul wasn’t suggesting that left-wing groups are actually in cahoots with Russia.

However, there was also no proof that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was colluding with Russia to “rig” the election in his favor, yet Democrats and their left-wing allies played a role in a special counsel being appointed and launching a nearly two-year-long witch hunt into Trump, his campaign, and his allies.

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