Gurley Martin Files for US Senate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Martin initially ran for Senate in 2010 in a GOP primary won by tea party darling Rand Paul. Martin received less than 1 percent of the vote in that race.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Ninety-year-old Gurley Martin has filed candidacy papers to run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

The Owensboro man is by far the oldest in the race, topping the incumbent, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, by 19 years and Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes by 55 years.

He filed paperwork at the state Capitol on Wednesday, his birthday.

Martin initially ran for Senate in 2010 in a GOP primary won by tea party darling Rand Paul. Martin received less than 1 percent of the vote in that race. He's faces the same long odds this time around against McConnell, who is seeking a sixth term, and Republican Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman making his first run.

McConnell, the GOP front-runner, has already raised more than $17 million for his re-election campaign.


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