Secretary of State Elaine Walker, appointed as Kentucky’s chief elections offi cer in January, was denied a full term when Alison Lundergan Grimes won the Democratic nomination for the job Tuesday.
In the Republican race, Bill Johnson narrowly defeated Hilda Legg.
Grimes, a Lexington lawyer and the daughter of former state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, capitalized on her political connections to claim a big fundraising advantage that overcame Walker’s shortterm incumbency.
Walker, former mayor of Bowling Green, was appointed to the post by Gov. Steve Beshear when Republican incumbent Trey Grayson resigned to become director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Walker said she entered office as a relative unknown statewide.
Johnson is a former Navy officer and BP executive. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate last year.