It is uncommon that a candidate, even one for President of the United States sparks a real movement, but that is exactly what has taken place over the past few years as people have listened to Ron Paul. Though the Texas Congressman lost his bid for the GOP nominee this year, it didn't mean that he didn't have an impact on the elections. In fact, he helped to secure eight of eleven House endorsements and one of six Senate endorsements.
Among those that Paul endorsed for the House of Representatives are:
Justin Amash, who is a Michigan freshman congressman, who vaulted over Democrat nominee Steve Pastka. The 32-ear old Amash is said to possibly hold the "mantle as the titular head of the Ron Paul movement in Congress."
Also, Thomas Massie, an MIT trained scientist who won Kentucky's 4th Congressional district race and not only gained support from the elder Paul, but also his son Senator Rand Paul.
Kerry Bentivolio, a retired high-school teacher and reindeer farmer also won in Michigan's 11th Congressional District. Bentivolio won election to finish the term of Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who resigned earlier in the year. He will have seniority over the other incoming freshman this year due to that fact.
Steve Stockman, who is a former congressman returns representing Texas' 36th District after he easily defeated Democrat Max Martin. He served earlier from 1995-1997 and is known to be a strong advocate for the Second Amendment (like all Texans are) and ideologically similar to Ron Paul.
Randy Weber won the race against Democrat Nick Lampson to take Ron Paul's seat in the 14th Congressional District of Texas.
Veterinarian Ted Yoho defeated Democrat Jacques Gaillot and will be representing Florida's 3rd Congressional District.
Congressman Walter Jones also easily won his race against his Democrat opponent for North Carolina's 3rd District. He has been an ally of Paul's in opposition to the Iraq War and favors defending civil liberties in the so-called "war on terror."
Of course, a few of those that Paul endorsed did not win. These include Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland, freshman congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois, and scientist Dr. Art Robinson.
In the Senate, only one of six of Paul's endorsements won. Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz of Texas won his U.S. Senate race over Democrat Paul Sadler.
The Senate was just a terrible night for Republicans, but there is always a silver lining and with the Republicans picking up another eleven seats in the House, it shifts the power more in their favor. Perhaps with some fiscally responsible people in there, there can be either gridlock or leadership with a backbone that will do what is right concerning the deficit spending we have been seeing take place over the past 5 years.
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