FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky businessman has officially entered the Republican primary to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by the retiring Jim Bunning.
Bill Johnson filed the paperwork in Frankfort on Monday. A procurement manager for BP, he has never run for political office before.
Johnson was the first Republican to announce that he would run Bunning's seat. He faces two well-funded Republicans, Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Bowling Green physician Rand Paul, in next May's GOP primary.
Bunning, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, opted not to seek a third term.
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