Man denied marriage license by Kim Davis loses primary

Elwood Caudill talked to well-wishers Tuesday evening at a Democratic gathering in Morehead to thank them for their support after winning the Democratic primary election for Rowan County clerk. Caudill will face Kim Davis in the November general election. (Photo courtesy of by John Flavell)

Ermold rasid more than $200,000, but lost to Elwood Caudill, Jr., a 20-year employee of the county’s Property Valuation Administrator office and fourth generation Rowan County resident. The newspaper reported that Rowan County residents, including Caudill, had predicted a much tighter race.

“I didn’t know which way it was going to go,” Caudill told the . “I just ran the best race I could.”

From the Herald-Leader:

Davis, the current county clerk and sole Republican candidate, shot into the national spotlight in 2015 and was jailed for five days when she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, including Ermold and his partner.

She will face Caudill in November’s general election.

Caudill ran against Davis in 2014 and said he lost by just 23 votes, the newspaper reported. Davis, at that time, was a registered Democrat. She switched her political affiliation in 2015.