Comer wins GOP nomination for agriculture commissioner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - State lawmaker James Comer has won the
Republican primary for agriculture commissioner. Five Democrats
remain locked in a close race.
With 72 percent of precincts reporting, Comer had 65,429 votes,
or 65 percent, to Shelby County Judge-executive Rob Rothenburger's
35,891 votes, or 35 percent.
In the Democratic race, with 73 percent of precincts in,
Louisville marketing professional Bob Farmer had 33,485 votes, or
29 percent to John Lackey's 23,490, or 21 percent. Three more
Democrats were close behind Lackey's vote totals.
The five-way race is the most competitive Democratic primary for
agriculture commissioner since 2003, when eight candidates ran for
the office. This year the Democratic candidates amassed a total of
$225,000 in campaign contributions. B.D. Wilson led the field by
raising $144,000.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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