Grand Old Party

Bunning Withdraws From 2010 Race

Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning was persona non grata in an already-reeling party; his fellow Republicans had made it clear they didn't think he was capable of winning re-election in 2010. Now, Bunning has fallen in line, and will not campaign next year due to a lack of campaign funds. He didn't go quietly, however, saying that Republicans "had 'done everything in their power' to force him out," Politico reports. The Kentucky senator had resisted calls for his withdrawal and butted heads with Mitch McConnell, also of Kentucky, over his political future. Bunning is said to be one of the most conservative members of the Senate, and is also a Hall of Fame pitcher.