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“I’m sure we will emerge here with the strongest ticket in the history of the Libertarian Party,” Barr stated in his victory speech shortly after being selected as the Party’s nominee. “I want everybody to remember that we only have 163 days to win this election. We cannot waste one single day.”
The nomination race was neck and neck between Barr and Ruwart.
However, Barr managed to stay ahead in the sixth and final ballot, making him the winner:
Bob Barr: 324, Mary Ruwart: 276, NOTA: 26
Wayne Allyn Root won the Vice Presidential Nomination:
Root: 289, Kubby: 255, Williams: 14, NOTA: 6
Some in the LP do not approve of Barr, as this video shows, and, post-nomination, disgruntled purists have exclaimed cries that a “Republican takeover” has taken place. IPP’s perceptive follow-up can be read here. From the follow-up:
Others have talked about starting Libertarians for McKinney and Libertarians for Baldwin.
Hopefully this (Libertarians for Baldwin) happens and attracts many since Baldwin is a more conservative candidate, though a Barr success would be wonderful too. Few candidates are worse than McCain and Obama, and the two party system needs to crumble.
I managed to catch Christine Smith‘s comments on C-Span after she was dropped in the first round, though I can find nothing about them yet online. The fiery vixen tore viciously into Barr, even suggesting that Barr might be a neocon. I wouldn’t be surprised if the LP splits over Barr. If it does split, the Boston Tea Party might be where a good many flee to.