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Jack Conway Enters Senate Race

The Democratic primary is heating up in the race for a Kentucky U.S. Senate seat next year.  Attorney General Jack Conway has announced his candidacy.    

He joins Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo and former U.S. Customs Agent Darlene Fitzgerald Price in the Democratic primary.

But in a website video announcing his run, the 39-year-old Conway seemed to be looking ahead to a possible general election race against the 77-year-old Republican incumbent, Jim Bunning.

“As I see the challenges facing our Commonwealth, near double-digit unemployment rates, high school dropout rates that lead the nation, exploding health care costs, and looming dangers abroad… Kentucky, now is the time for a new generation of leadership,” says Conway in the video.

Conway has been Kentucky’s Attorney General for a little over a year.  He narrowly lost a bid to Congress in 2002.

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Bunning Says He Won't Release Poll Results

U.S. Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky says he won’t release the results of a statewide poll he commissioned last month to guage support for his re-election bid next year.

Bunning was asked about the poll numbers during his weekly conference call with reporters Tuesday. The Republican would say only that the poll was indeed conducted. He didn’t mince words when asked what that means.

“That means it’s none of your g**d*** business,” he said, laughing.  

Bunning has repeatedly said he plans to seek a third term in 2010, even though he has raised relatively little campaign cash. He’s considered by many observers to be one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans up for re-election next year.

Kentucky Senate President and fellow Republican David Williams says he hasn’t ruled out seeking his party’s nomination for Bunning’s seat.

So far the only people to publicly announce their intentions to seek the seat are Republican and retired engineer Roger Thoney of northern Kentucky and Democratic Lt. Governor Dan Mongiardo, whom Bunning narrowly defeated in 2004.