Rand Paul, Frontrunner

by David Weigel
Washington Independent
December 22, 2009

It’s a token of how surprised people are by Rand Paul’s U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky that a poll showing him 19 points up is spun this way by the pollster.

“It’s going to be harder and harder for the political establishment to ignore Rand Paul if he’s posting these kinds of numbers,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “He has a real shot at winning the Republican nomination.”

He has a “real shot” with a 44-25 lead over Trey Grayson, the youthful secretary of state and the party’s preferred — less controversial — choice. Six months out from the state’s primary, there’s reason to ask whether Grayson’s sleepy Rose Garden campaign is failing to take Paul seriously.

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