Williams wins Ky. GOP nomination for governor

David Williams (Source: Kentucky Legislature)
David Williams (Source: Kentucky Legislature)

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - David Williams has survived a primary election season filled with potential bombshells to capture the Republican nomination for governor in Kentucky and the right to challenge a popular Democratic incumbent in November.

Williams, the often prickly state Senate president, easily defeated Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw on Tuesday. He heads into what is expected to be a rough and tumble general election campaign against a familiar foe in the Capitol, Gov. Steve Beshear.

With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Williams had 58,505 votes or 46 percent, to Moffett's 48,865 votes or 38 percent. Holsclaw had 18,289 votes or 15 percent.

Williams, an anti-gambling lawmaker, was dealt a particularly troubling setback late in the campaign when a judge unsealed court documents showing he had frequented casinos.

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