Voters indicate Tea Party not a significant factor
Frankfort, KY – Exit poll numbers and political observers are indicating that while the tea party has its foot in Kentucky's door, voters aren't 100% convinced. It was Tuesday's election of tea party favorite Rand Paul to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky that brought plenty of talk about the party and its popularity. But while Paul campaigned heavily on his tea party support, exit polling indicates the party was not a factor in the decisions of nearly half of Kentuckians who voted for him. And University of Louisville political scientist Laurie Rhodebeck says there's a core of liberals and even some moderates in Kentucky who won't go along with the tea party.