Republican Matt Bevin files for Kentucky governor

Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin has filed to run in the Republican primary for Kentucky governor.

Bevin, a Louisville businessman, said in a statement Tuesday that his running mate, Jenean Hampton, would be the first black female lieutenant governor in Kentucky history.

Hampton served in the U.S. military, including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War.

The tea party-backed Bevin lost last year’s primary to incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. to file for one of six statewide offices that are on the ballot in 2015.

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