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Longtime Democrat, Ky. Clerk Kim Davis, Becomes Republican



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    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

    The Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is switching to the Republican party after she feels Democrats abandoned her in her fight.

    "I've always been a Democrat, but the party left me," Davis said, according to her legal representatives.

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist preacher running for president, visited Davis in jail and held a rally for her efforts. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also traveled to Kentucky to bask in her defiance. Davis was freed from jail on the condition she does not interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licenses.

    Davis was elected Rowan County clerk last fall as a Democrat, replacing her mother, who served as county clerk for 37 years.