Bunning Says He'll Seek Re-Election

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning says he will seek re-election next year.

Bunning tells reporters in his weekly conference call that he has never wavered in his decision to run. The call Tuesday comes a day after Democratic Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo announced his intentions to run against Bunning.

Bunning filed a lackluster campaign finance report last week that listed only $27,357 in financial contributions between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. That's far short of the $10 million he says he will need to win re-election.

The 77-year-old baseball Hall of Famer said he didn't actively raise campaign funds last year because he didn't want to take money from other candidates, including U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell who was re-elected last year.

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