Sen. Jim Bunning will not run for re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky says he will not run for a third term in 2010, citing a lack of campaign money.

In a statement issued by his office Monday, Bunning blamed fellow Senate Republicans for doing, quote: "everything in their power to dry up my fundraising."

The 77-year-old Bunning has been considered the GOP's most vulnerable senator. 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 potential Republican primary candidate.

Bunning and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell have traded barbs for months. McConnell is the Senate Republican leader and he has made
it clear he would like his colleague to retire.

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