Third Parties Settling On Nominees

AP: The Libertarian Party yesterday picked former Republican representative Bob Barr to be its presidential candidate after six rounds of balloting.

Barr was victorious over Mary Ruwart, a research scientist who also sought the party’s presidential nominee unsuccessfully in 1983, on the final ballot. The vote was 324 to 276.

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

Barr, 59, left the GOP in 2006 over what he called bloated spending and civil liberties intrusions by the Bush administration.

The former representative from Georgia said he is in the race to win. “I do not view the role of the Libertarian Party to be a spoiler and I certainly have no intention of being a spoiler,” he said.

Ballot Access News: Cynthia McKinney now has the support of over 50% of the delegates to the Green Party national convention who have been chosen so far. Although not all state Green Parties have chosen their delegates, most of them have, so it is very likely that she will obtain the nomination. The national convention is July 10-13 in Chicago. This post originally said she had clinched the nomination, but that was not accurate.

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