WASHINGTON — Republican Rand Paul, a tea party favorite, has been elected to the Senate from Kentucky in his first run for office. The son of libertarian congressman Ron Paul defeated Democrat Jack Conway.
Republicans have captured the first of what they hope will be several Senate seats that were held by Democrats with the victory of Dan Coats in Indiana. The veteran lawmaker returns to Washington in the seat that was held by retiring Democrat Evan Bayh.
South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint, as expected, has won re-election to the Senate, defeating Democrat Alvin Greene.
Greene shocked and sometimes embarrassed his party by winning the Senate primary as a complete unknown. The unemployed military veteran is still facing obscenity charges involving a teenage college student.
In Vermont, Democrat Patrick Leahy was re-elected to a seventh term.