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Paul Pushes For N.C. Upset In 'War' vs. GOP Establishment

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, speaks at the Maine Republican Convention, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Bangor, Maine. Paul said
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, speaks at the Maine Republican Convention, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Bangor, Maine. Paul said the Republican Party must become a bigger coalition that's accepting of diverse ideas to win national elections. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

At the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, Rand Paul's bet on a longshot failed to pay off.

The Kentucky senator is hoping to have better luck in North Carolina on Tuesday after getting behind another underdog. This gamble, however, could have consequences more significant than who will win the state’s GOP Senate primary; at stake are Paul’s efforts to position himself for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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