(Frankfort, Ky.) - Kentucky Senate President David Williams will move on to November's gubernatorial election.
Williams won Tuesday’s Republican primary election with 48 percent of the statewide vote, outpacing Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw. Moffett finished with 38 percent and Holsclaw with 14.
Williams will square off against incumbent Steve Beshear for Kentucky Governor in November. Beshear, who is seeking a second term, was unopposed on the Democrat ticket Tuesday.
After winning the GOP nomination, Williams did not wait long to take a swipe at his new opponent.
"I promise that we are prepared to take on Steve Beshear and his liberal running mate, Jerry Abramson," he said. “No more Mr. Nice Guy. The future of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is too important."
Kentucky voters casting Republican ballots also decided a race for state auditor. State Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence) was defeated by John Kemper, who moves on to face Democrat Adam Edelen for auditor in November.
Turnout for the statewide primary was low, with just 10.3 percent of Kentucky’s registered voters.