Despite Campaign-Related Violence, Rand Paul Increases Lead Over Democratic Opponent

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Despite campaign-related violence, Rand Paul increases lead over Democratic opponentThe libertarian GOP candidate for the Senate in Kentucky, Rand Paul, appears to be leading his opponent Jack Conway into tomorrow's election. That's despite the fact that the recent debate between the two candidates was marred by activist violence.

Last week, national media reported that one of Paul's supporters tackled and then stomped on the head of a woman who was demonstrating against his candidate. This prompted Paul's campaign to issue a statement calling the incident "incredibly unfortunate" and urging civilized discourse.

However, far from hurting his candidacy, the controversy seems to have boosted Paul's numbers. Before the altercation, he led Conway by an average of 7 points, but the latest poll from Public Policy Polling found that the lead is now twice as big and stands at 53 to 40 percent, according to Politico.com.

In fact, the news provider suggested that in the final week of the campaign, undecided Independent voters seemed to be swaying in the GOP's direction. This is helping the Republican Senate candidate in Illinois, Mark Kirk, and Roy Blunt in Missouri. 

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