A Republican heavyweight and a political newcomer have filed to run in Kentucky's competitive 1st Congressional District primary



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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Two Republicans with varying political pedigrees have filed to run for Congress in Kentucky's 1st District.

Former Agriculture Commissioner James Comer filed his paperwork on Wednesday. Comer finished second in the 2014 Republican primary for governor by 83 votes but performed well in the 1st District.

Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts also filed. Batts was first elected in 2014 and also serves in the Army Reserve. He said he is running to combat what he called the "very real threat of radical Islam."

Both men want to replace U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, who is not running for re-election after 20 years in office. Republican Miles A. Caughey and Democrat Samuel L. Gaskins have also filed for the seat. Longtime Whitfield aide Michael Pape plans to run but has not yet filed.

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