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Kentucky: Thomas Massie Wins GOP NominationMove over, old-timers. There are new players on the field.
By Joshua Miller, Roll Call
In a stinging rebuke of the Kentucky Republican establishment, tea-party-affiliated Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie won tonight’s GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R) in the 4th district.
With 72 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Massie. He had 44.9 percent of vote, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington had 29 percent and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore had 17.4 percent.
Davis, along with former Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R), backed Webb-Edgington, who had broad establishment support. Conservative Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) backed Massie.
The district is safe Republican turf, so Massie is almost certain to be a Member of the 113th Congress.
His campaign was given a boost by a half-million-dollar independent expenditure from a Texas-based super PAC reportedly funded by a wealthy college student. But, more than that, the blessing of Paul helped Massie pull out a victory in this northern Kentucky district that one GOP operative described as “tea party central.” [link]
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"A stinging rebuke of the Republican establishment." Music to our ears.