Joe Sestak is polling at one percent but don’t tell him he’s a long shot in the race for president, writes Julia Terruso for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“One percent ties me for ninth,” he said. “I’m ahead of (John) Delaney and he’s been running for two years.”
He blames his slow start on late entry into the race. He planned to declare sooner, but his daughter’s brain cancer came back.
Sestak, 67, a retired Navy admiral and former congressman from Delaware County, is “the other Joe” with Pennsylvania ties running for president.
Last week, he returned to Pennsylvania for the first time since announcing in June, with a fundraiser in Wayne.
At one point this summer, Sestak spent 62 days traveling Iowa.
He estimates he’s distributed 120,000 brochures and shaken 28,000 hands.
“Every time I turned around, he was at the same event,” said Bret Niles, a politician in Iowa’s Linn County. “He shows up everywhere, and I think people at this point recognize who he is. I’m not sure how much energy he’s drawing.”
Being on the move is kind of Sestak’s calling card, as he walked across Pennsylvania during his 2016 Senate run.
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