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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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