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The Republican nominee for the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office has already begun his general election campaign.

Bill Johnson narrowly defeated Hilda Legg to win the nomination, and he says his Tea Party endorsement and appeal to mainstream Republicans will make him a formidable opponent against Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes.

In his victory speech, Johnson repeated his support for one of the more controversial issues of the Secretary of State’s race.

“Now as I campaign, I’m going to continue to talk about the issues. First, we need to have a requirement in this state that you show a picture ID before you vote, and I’m going to work hard to make that happen,” he says.

Opponents of such measures say the requirement disenfranchises poor and minority voters.

Johnson further said he has to reach out to Legg’s supporters to ensure a united Republican front in November.