Kentucky election: GOP win could boost Rand Paul

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – He wasn’t on the ballot, but U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was a big winner in Kentucky’s elections on Tuesday.

Four of the six Democratic candidates lost for statewide offices, including incumbent Auditor Adam Edelen, who was widely seen as the likely Democrat to challenge Paul for his Senate seat next year. It will likely quell some Republican concerns that Paul should drop his struggling presidential bid and focus on his Senate re-election campaign.

Paul described the criticism as “a manufactured story.”

Paul cited the Republican Party of Kentucky’s executive committee voting overwhelmingly to create a presidential caucus in March, allowing Paul to run for president and re-election at the same time without violating a state law.

And he said he’s sure the Democrats will get someone to run against him in 2016.

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