Strom Thurmond, at 93 the oldest person ever to serve in the Senate, kicked off his bid for an eighth term Monday, saying he has “unfinished business” to complete.
“We cannot and I shall not give up on our mission to right the 40-year wrongs of liberalism,” the Republican senator said at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. “The people of South Carolina know that Strom Thurmond doesn’t like unfinished business.”
If re-elected, Thurmond would become the longest-serving senator ever in 1997, breaking the record set by Carl Hayden. Hayden, an Arizona Democrat, was in the Senate for 42 years before retiring in 1969 at age 91.
Thurmond may face his strongest re-election challenge in almost two decades from Democrat Elliott Close, a 42-yearold heir to a textile fortune.