Kentucky candidate with Hollywood backing loses in high-profile race

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (KT) – Kim Davis will have a familiar opponent in the Rowan County clerk’s race in the general election in November.


But it’s not the opponent many expected.


Elwood Caudill Jr. easily outdistanced three opponents, including the openly gay man who Davis famously refused to give a marriage license to in 2015 because of her religious convictions. David Ermold, an English professor at the University of Pikeville, was a distant second to Caudill in the Democratic primary.


In 2014, Davis, who was then a Democrat but switched her party affiliation in 2015, edged Caudill by 23 votes in the primary that year before going on to win in the general election.


Caudill, a four-generation Rowan County native and 20-year employee of the county’s Property Valuation Administrator office, had nearly double the vote total of Ermold when the election was called for him.


Davis was running unopposed in the primary.


Records from the 
Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show that Ermold has raised more than $200,000 for his campaign, most of it from out-of-state donors, including comedian Amy Schumer and actress Susan Sarandon.


When Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in 2015, it ignited an international firestorm and even landed her in jail for a brief time for not upholding the U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave the right for same-sex couples to marry. Ermold and his partner, David Moore, were among the same-sex couples denied a license by Davis.

 

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