Growing frustration with Washington politicians and the rise of the Tea Party movement has lead to a record number of requests to run for Congress.
More than 2,300 people are running for 471 House and Senate seats in the midterm elections -- the highest number in at least 35 years.
The number is still rising as more continue to file, according to the Federal Election Commission that gathered the data.
"I had to sell my four-wheeler to pay [the filing fee], and I did. It's worth it," said tea partier and first-time candidate Bruce Ray Riggs.
He spent nearly $7,000 to get on the Senate ballot in Florida, which already has 24 contenders.
The anti-incumbent mood among voters has already pushed senators Bob Bennett of Utah and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania out of office.
More than a dozen states are still allowing people to file for the upcoming races.
Candidates range from seasoned politicians looking to step out of local government to average, every-day citizens fueled by Tea Party demonstrations nationwide.