Tea Party candidates too young to run for Senate

Two candidates nominated by The Tea Party to run for state Senate seats won't be on the ballot because they're too young.

Thirteenth District Senate candidate Thomas Murdock of Troy and 15th District Senate candidate Heather Sartorius of New Hudson were both born in 1990 and won't be 21 by Jan. 1, 2011, the date they'd take office if they won.

That violates the state constitution. A secretary of state spokeswoman says they're ineligible to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Requests for comment left Thursday with Murdock and Sartorius were not immediately returned.

The two were among 23 candidates nominated over the weekend by The Tea Party.

Unaffiliated tea partiers and Republicans are fighting to keep The Tea Party off the ballot.