Ernie Fletcher gained the Republican party nomination for governor Tuesday, pulling in 57 percent of votes in the primary election.
Fletcher captured 90,859 votes to beat three other candidates for the nomination to fill the governor's office vacated by the Paul Patton who has served two terms. Former Jefferson County Judge-Executive Rebecca Jackson earned 44,068 votes statewide, state Rep. Steve Nunn, of Glasgow, received 21,235 votes and state Sen. Virgil Moore received 2,357.
"There is renewed hope for every man, woman, and child - every Republican and every Democrat in Kentucky," Fletcher said. "In order to restore hope we must have change in Frankfort."
Locally, Fletcher, a three-term U.S. congressman, received 1,328 votes - 75 percent - in Franklin County. Nunn received 225 votes here and Jackson got 192 votes. Moore received 16 local votes.
Fletcher was joined by an estimated crowd of 600 supporters and campaign volunteers who braved the rain to celebrate at the Mariott Griffin-Gate Hotel in Lexington.
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