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Bunning won't run again

July 28, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) said he would not run for a third term in 2010, citing a lack of campaign money and interference from Senate Republicans who were pushing him to leave the race.

In a statement issued by his office, Bunning said his GOP colleagues had done "everything in their power to dry up my fundraising."

Bunning, 77, has been considered the GOP's most vulnerable senator since a razor-thin reelection in 2004 and a public spat with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has made it clear he would like his embattled colleague to retire as he tries to boost his party's numbers in the Senate.

The latest election filings show that from April through June, Bunning raised less than half the total of Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a 37-year-old Republican who has been eyeing his seat.

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