The name Al Gore is back on the ballot, but it’s probably not the one you’re familiar with.
Albert N. Gore Jr. is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Mississippi who is trying to unseat the Republican incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker.
A retired United Methodist minister, Gore, 82, is running his first campaign for public office. He previously served on the state Democratic Executive Committee, and as chairman of the Oktibbeha County Democratic Party for eight years before stepping up down to run his senate campaign.
According to djournal.com, Gore said, “It is going to be close race even though [political pundits] are giving Wicker a green light, but he may not have it.”
The ministers claims he is distantly related to the former vice president Al Gore, according to CNN. The senatorial candidate told CNN that his long lost relative is “a good man…And he should have been president”, although he has never met the former presidential candidate.
Wicker is expected to easily win re-election.