Wife of lawmaker who killed himself withdraws from election

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The wife of a former Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself after facing sexual assault allegations has withdrawn from the GOP primary.

Rebecca Johnson says she made the decision to spend more time with her family and her ministry after “much prayer and deliberation.” Johnson had been trying to win the seat once held by her husband, Dan Johnson.

Kentucky secretary of state’s office spokesman Bradford Queen says Johnson’s name will still appear on the May 22 primary ballot, but any votes for her will not be counted. Thomas Huff is now the only Republican candidate in the race.

Rebecca Johnson was the GOP nominee in a special election last month to fulfill the remainder of Dan Johnson’s term. But she lost to Democrat Linda Belcher by nearly 37 percentage points.

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