Paul beats back primary challenge


U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) fended off a primary challenge.

Paul and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who also beat back a primary challenge Tuesday, ran quixotic anti-war presidential campaigns within their parties. Both were challenged in their home districts for paying too much attention to national politics.

Paul and Kucinich are also known to be sharply critical of assistance to Israel, with Kucinich calling for an evenhanded approach to peacemaking and Paul arguing against U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts.

Paul won easily, with 70 percent of the vote. Kucinich picked up more than 50 percent in his district.

The victories virtually guarantee them re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in November.

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