Frankfort Democrat Crit Luallen cleared a high hurdle in her bid to become the next state auditor. But she warned a full house of friends and supporters Tuesday evening at her campaign headquarters in Frankfort she would need them more than ever now because the November election "will be the fight of a lifetime."
Luallen, who resigned in January as the head of Gov. Paul Patton's executive cabinet because of the governor's sex scandal, was the only Frankfort candidate to score a victory in Tuesday's primary. In her first race for public office, Luallen received 44 percent of the statewide vote in a three-way race to win the Democratic nomination for state auditor.
In Franklin County, Luallen collected 5,984 votes while her Democratic opponents, Michael Wayne Gayhart, also of Frankfort, finished with 3,894 votes and Owensboro's Jim Glenn received 1,838. Luallen carried 38 of the 44 Franklin precincts and tied Gayhart with 57 votes each in the Fairview precinct.
The statewide totals, with 100 percent of the precincts counted, were 104,717 votes for Luallen, 68,330 (29 percent) for Gayhart and 65,987 (28 percent) for Glenn.
Besides Gayhart, other Frankfort candidates failing to win the Democratic nomination were Gippy Graham, a former state representative running for secretary of state, and Ed Hatchett, the current state auditor running for attorney general.
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