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Kim Davis loses re-election race for Rowan County Clerk

07 November 2018

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who made headlines after refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple in 2015, lost her re-election bid to her Democratic challenger on Tuesday. She said at the time that she can not comply because it would violate her conscience.

Davis became a national name in 2015, when she began denying same-sex marriage liscenses citing her personal religious objections and "God's authority".

Elwood Caudill Jr. has beaten Kim Davis in the race to be the Rowan County Clerk.

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She was ultimately held in contempt of court and served five days in jail. The state's governor agreed to recognize the marriages, but the state legislature later changed the law so clerks didn't have to sign marriage licenses.

With all 19 precincts reporting, preliminary results show Caudill earned 4,210 votes to Davis' 3,566.

"She congratulated me, told me we done a great job, and I thanked her, told each other we loved each other", Caudill told CNN affiliate WKYT, after he said Davis called him to concede. But Caudill, chief deputy in the county property valuation office, eventually won over the Democrats.

Kim Davis loses re-election race for Rowan County Clerk