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Ex-Rep. Barr is Libertarian nominee

May 26, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The Libertarian Party chose former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia to be its presidential candidate after six rounds of balloting in Denver.

Barr beat research scientist Mary Ruwart on the final ballot.

The vote was 324 to 276.

Barr endorsed Wayne Allyn Root, who was eliminated in the fifth round, to be his vice-presidential nominee.

Barr left the GOP in 2006 over what he called bloated spending and civil liberties intrusions by the Bush administration.

Barr said he expects to be on the ballot in at least 48 states.

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