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Bunning To Retire?

Kentucky Secretary of State Tray Greyson has announced that he has formed a committee to explore a possible run for the U.S. Senate next year.     Such a move allows candidates to raise money and enlist support for a potential election bid.The Senate seat is currently held by Grayson's political mentor, Republican Jim Bunning.Grayson has said he won't officially declare as a candidate in the GOP primary unless Bunning decides not to seek re-election.Bunning continues to say he's still running for another term,  but pundits in Washington say Grayson's move is a signal that the 77 year old Bunning intends to retire.The Capitol Hill publication Roll Call reports that Bunning will announce his retirement plans at a Lincoln Day dinner in Louisville May 9th.Bunning has raised relatively little money for race that he acknowldges will require at least $7 million to be competitive.More details fromNPR political junkie Ken Rudin

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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