Election Day 2018: Kentucky clerk who refused to sign gay marriage certificate loses re-election bid

The Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign a marriage certificate for a same-sex couple in 2015 has lost her re-election bid, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis lost to Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill Jr. by about 700 votes, the Herald-Leader reported.

Davis made national headlines and was jailed for five days after her refusal to sign the certificate for the couple.

While Davis was hailed as a hero by some right-wing conservatives like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, critics called her refusal to sign the certificate “a bigoted neglect of her official duties,” according to the newspaper.

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Davis capitalized on the controversy, writing a book and continuing in her job as clerk, but it wasn’t enough to propel her to victory in rural Rowan County, Kentucky.

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