After Running as Democrat in 2016, Former GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee Announces Libertarian Bid

Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator and Democratic governor of Rhode Island, is running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, The Week reports.

Chafee was elected to the Senate as a Republican in 2006.

In 2010, he was elected as the state’s governor as an independent but switched parties to become a Democrat in 2013.

He opted not to run for re-election due to his lack of popularity but staged a brief bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Chafee filed to run as a Libertarian on Sunday, according to The Intercept’s Lee Fang.

Chafee to announce on Wednesday:

Chafee will formally announce his candidacy on Wednesday, according to the Providence Journal.

Chafee, who moved to Wyoming after his failed 2016 bid, has hired multiple campaign aides and launched a fundraising website.

The website was first registered last September, according to The Week.

The site touts Chafee’s “thirty years, zero scandals.”

"Protect Our Freedoms. Tell The Truth. No More Wars. No More Reckless Spending,” the site says.

Could Chafee play spoiler?

"The news may spur concern among Democrats about the possibility Chafee could siphon votes away from their party's eventual nominee in what is expected to be a tough race against President Trump," wrote WPRI’s Ted Nesi. "The 2016 Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld received about 4.5 million votes nationwide. (Weld is now challenging Trump for the GOP nomination.)"


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