Bunning Sees Economy As Key Election Issue

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning says he expects the economy to be a key issue in next year's elections.

The Kentucky Republican told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday that voters will base decisions on whether the economy improves or remains in a funk.

Bunning is seeking re-election to a third term in the Senate in next year's election.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo has announced that he intends to run for Bunning's seat. Several other prominent Democrats are also considering running.

They include Attorney General Jack Conway, state Auditor Crit Luallen and Lexington lawyer Richard Dawahare.

At least two other Republicans - Secretary of State Trey Grayson and state Sen. David Williams - have also expressed interest in the race.

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