Rand Paul victory to open doors for alternative candidates
However he earned both Tea Party support and an open endorsement from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Many feel Paul’s victory will open the doors for other liberty candidates to run for office successfully. Shelly Roche, the founder of ByteStyle.tv and a member of the Ladies for Liberty Alliance, agrees.
“I think it really signals a shift in voter priorities. They’re really sick of politics as usual and looking for something real and that is exactly what they got with Rand Paul,” said Roche.
Paul’s libertarian views overlap with his Tea Party supporters and is their support will be crucial for him in November.
Supporters “will keep him in line and make sure he fulfills his promises,” said Roche.
Rand Paul’s victory not only shows that the grassroots can ignite a movement, but that it can also translate into votes. This will likely be wake-up call for the mainstream Republican Party.
“People are kind of scrambling to come up with a plan. I don’t think they were expecting the overcoming support for Rand to actually translate to votes,” said Roche. “It has them scrambling and a little bit nervous.”