Chesapeake minister launches campaign for U.S. Senate

One month after a divisive race for governor, the state is bracing for a U-S Senate race.At stake: incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine's seat

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Longtime Chesapeake minister Bishop E.W. Jackson has announced that he will be running for U.S. Senate against Democratic Senator Tim Kaine in 2018.

He joins Corey Stewart, a former state campaign chairman of President Donald Trump, and Del. Nick Freitas, as announced candidates.

Jackson was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia back in 2013.

On Monday, he previewed a possibly contentious fight with Stewart for the nomination, suggesting Stewart supports tax increases and may be sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. Stewart said both claims were "ridiculous."

“This is not going to be your typical campaign, and I am not going to be your typical candidate,” said Jackson. “We are going to do things differently, and I believe the people of Virginia are going to respond to what we are offering.”

Jackson's fiery rhetoric added a touch of drama to his 2013 race. He compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and said former President Barack Obama may be an atheist or a Muslim.

Jackson founded and is the president of the conservative non-profit group "STAND." He is also a pastor and former Marine.

For more information on Bishop Jackson's campaign, click here.

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