Independent Ed Marksberry ending U.S. Senate "quest" with half signatures needed to run

07/16/2014 10:14 AM

Independent U.S. Senate hopeful Ed Marksberry of Owensboro announced Thursday that he is ending his goal of collecting the requisite 5,000 signatures needed have his name appear on the November ballot — thus ending his chance of running in the U.S. Senate race.

Citing health problems, Marksberry said he has not had the energy or strength to gather the remaining 2,500 signatures needed to appear on the ballot.

“I was not successful in raising the funds needed to hire others to help me collect the signatures and there is a lesson there,” Marksberry said.

Marksberry was the first Democrat to officially enter the race in December of 2012, but he made waves in the contest when he dropped out of the Democratic primary and changed his registration to Independent in September of 2013.

“My campaign was never about winning,” Marksberry wrote in a statement. “It was about the lack of a Progressive voice that is needed to move Kentucky forward.”

Marksberry also made news during his campaign when he brought a lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party. He challenged the party for sending out a fundraising email that touted the Senate candidacy of Alison Lundergan Grimes. The party’s bylaws forbid the organization from picking a side during a Democratic primary. Marksberry later dropped the suit.

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