With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Paul leads Peden by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin.
Paul had drawn fire from conservatives in the district for his strident opposition to the Iraq war during his long-shot presidential bid. But Peden ultimately wasn’t able to raise enough money and organize effectively to end up mounting a serious enough challenge.
In another contested Republican primary in Texas, Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson is headed to an upset victory over self-funded attorney Quico Canseco despite being outspent by a significant margin.
Larson leads Canseco by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin with 53 percent of the vote reporting. The GOP winner faces freshman Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas), who is one of the top Republican targets for the fall.