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Report: Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson to run for Senate

Gibson founded the right-wing group Patriot Prayer in 2016

Joey Gibson, the leader of right-wing group Patriot Prayer, announced he will run for the U.S. Senate in Washington state.

The Oregonian reported that Gibson, 34, made the announcement during an event Sunday in Vancouver, Washington, his hometown.

"It's going to take a miracle to happen for me to win," Gibson said during the event, according to The Oregonian. "But miracles happen in America every day."

Gibson, a real estate investor, founded the group Patriot Prayer in 2016. He told KGW's Nina Mehlhaf in August 2017 that he doesn't side with liberals or conservatives. "You can't pin me down with a label," he said, though he referred to himself as a moderate Libertarian.

He started putting together rallies in support of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. He said he has tried to keep his events peaceful, but his rallies have drawn criticism for attracting known white supremacists. His Portland events have also drawn hundreds of counter-protesters.

Gibson will run against popular three-term incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington.

See Gibson's campaign website here.