Craig Davis, who was challenging incumbent State Representative Tim Moore as well as Stephen Meredith for the 18th State House District seat representing Grayson and Hardin Counties, has withdrawn from the race after discovering he was registered to vote as a Democrat while running as a Republican.
In Kentucky, a candidate for public office must be eligible to vote in the primary election he or she is running in.
Davis registered as a Democrat in 2009, but blames himself for what he calls a “clerical error.”
"We learn lessons from our mistakes and I've made a mistake," Davis told K105. "It was an oversight and I have to respect the Republican Party, that's the reason I have withdrawn."
Although Davis has dropped out of this year's race, he is leaving open the very real possibility of running for office again.
"There's always a next time, and one of things I want everybody to understand, because I've had the interest of those silent voices and I have worked for those silent voices, and I will continue to do that until the next election cycle," Davis stated."I'll be right there again (running for office)."
Davis, in talking about the primary election which now comes down to a Moore versus Meredith race, stops short of endorsing either candidate.
"I haven't endorsed anyone," Davis said. "My thoughts are that I'm going to support the best candidate; Steve is from here (Leitchfield), and is probably a good man, but I don't know exactly which way I'm going to go. What I do want to do is whatever is the best for our community and our state."