LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- James Comer has won the Republican nomination in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District one year after a heartbreakingly close loss in the GOP primary for governor.

Comer wants to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, who has held the seat since 1995. He defeated Michael Pape, Whitfield's district director for two decades, and Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts. Miles A. Caughey Jr. finished fourth.

After losing the nomination for governor by just 83 votes last year, Comer said he planned to return to his farm in Tompkinsville. But when Whitfield announced his retirement, it was an opportunity for Comer to capitalize on his immense popularity in the 1st District.

Comer will face Democrat Sam Gaskins in the November election.

The race involved four candidates: Jason Batts, Miles Caughey, James Comer and Mike Pape.

CURRENT NUMBERS:

Precincts Reporting: 639 of 639 - 100 percent

JAMES COMER:          24,343    61%

MIKE PAPE:                  9,356    23%

JASON BATTS:              5,569    14%

MILES CAUGHEY:             895      2%

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