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Republican Rand Paul wins Kentucky Senate seat


Campaign supporters and volunteers cheer for their candidates before the last of four debates between Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway and Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul at the Kentucky Education Television network headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky October 25, 2010. REUTERS/John Sommers II
Campaign supporters and volunteers cheer for their candidates before the last of four debates between Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway and Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul at the Kentucky Education Television network headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky October 25, 2010. REUTERS/John Sommers II

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rand Paul, a favorite among the conservative Tea Party movement, won a Senate seat in Kentucky on Tuesday over Democrat Jack Conway, NBC and CNN projected.

The victory preserves a Republican Senate seat Democrats had hoped to win and staunch expected losses elsewhere in the congressional elections.

He will replace retiring Republican Senator Jim Bunning.

Paul, a practicing ophthalmologist and the son of libertarian Republican Representative Ron Paul, had received early backing by the Tea Party movement, which has pushed an agenda for lower taxes and limited government.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Eric Beech)

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