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Bunning not surprised Williams not running

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning says he wasn't surprised that fellow Republican David Williams announced he wouldn't be running against him next year.

Williams, a state lawmaker in Kentucky, said Monday he won't challenge Bunning, a two-term incumbent.

Bunning said he doesn't believe Williams was ever serious about running, even when he suggested earlier this year that he might. Bunning alleged that Williams was recruited by Republican leaders to feign interest in the race. Bunning said it was a ploy to dry up his fundraising.

Bunning called Williams is "a big fish in a small pond," saying his position as state Senate president has made him "a major power in Kentucky politics."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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