UPDATE: Gray wins Democratic Senate nomination, speaks after victory

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A big victory Tuesday night for Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, as he handily won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator.

Gray ran his campaign on platforms of job creation, and ending dysfunction in Washington.

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Gray touts his experience as mayor of Lexington for the past six years and his business background.

Gray took a few moments to speak to supporters at the Manchester Music Hall, and thank friends and family, after being announced the victor in the race.  The Mayor ended his remarks, saying “Kentucky, always first.”

Gray now faces a difficult challenge as he faces off against Rand Paul in November: Kentucky Democrats haven’t won a U.S. Senate race since 1992.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul from his position, but first Gray has to win his party primary.

Gray voted early Tuesday morning at Harrison Elementary School and said he was feeling confident but still planned to spend much of the day campaigning.

Gray calls himself a problem-solving leader who is focused on creating jobs. He touts his experience as mayor and his business background.

Gray faces six other opponents in the Democratic Primary but has already spent much of his campaign focused on Rand Paul.

Gray’s staff says he will watch the results come in with family before making his way to the Manchester Music Hall to give a speech.