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Mar 4, 2015 11:42 AM

Sestak kicking off 2016 Senate campaign with walk across Pa.

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak is walking across the state to kick off his campaign to capture the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Republican Pat Toomey.

Sestak announced his candidacy for the 2016 election on Wednesday outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall. He then began his 422-mile journey by walking to the city's Vietnam Veteran Memorial.

The 63-year-old Democrat is campaigning under the slogan: "Joe Sestak is walking in your shoes." He says he'll walk with different groups as he passes through various communities each day.

Sestak, a retired Navy vice admiral from suburban Philadelphia, sets up a potential rematch with Toomey. Sestak narrowly lost to Toomey, a former investment banker and congressman, in 2010.

Sestak was elected twice to the U.S. House of Representatives before pursuing the Senate post.


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