Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was scooped by his own campaign website today before his big announcement in the Galt House Hotel in Lexington.
The home page of the site is a live-action donation count, flashing the names of small donors as they contribute and adding up the total, which was $40,508.66 as of this posting. It also has an endorsement map with grass-roots supporters.
On the news page, Paul touts the endorsement of former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.), noting that the congressman will share the stage with the senator today and “is expected to be a vocal surrogate” for Paul as he makes “clear he is trying to show he can broaden the Republican Party’s base to newer voters.”
“Senator Paul has shown what I have always believed, a leader can be a strong economic and social conservative and yet be concerned about the least of these,” Watts said in a statement.
Paul’s Lexington event kicks off the “Stand with Rand” tour that moves tomorrow to New Hampshire, then South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.
Paul said he will answer questions after today’s announcement on this Facebook post.