Bob Barr Heads to GOP Runoff to Win House Seat – Washington Wire – WSJ

23
May

Bob Barr Heads to GOP Runoff to Win House Seat – Washington Wire – WSJ

Former Rep. Bob Barr, who led the charge to impeach President Bill Clinton and then ran for president as a Libertarian, is headed to a July run-off election with former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk as he tries to complete his political comeback.

Mr. Barr placed second in his six-way House primary for a district in the suburbs and exurbs northwest of Atlanta with 26% of the vote, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Loudermilk, who was backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, placed first in the primary with 37%. Georgia law requires a July 22 runoff election when no primary candidate receives 50% of the vote. Democrats didn’t field a candidate in the district.

The winner of the run-off will replace Rep. Phil Gingrey, who unsuccessfully sought the state’s GOP Senate nomination.

Mr. Barr has a colorful history in the Republican Party. He was the first member of Congress to call for Mr. Clinton to resign during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and went on to lead the president’s impeachment trial. Upon leaving Congress in 2003 Mr. Barr became a harsh critic of Iraq war-era Republicans – arguing against the drug war, the Patriot Act and drone use. In 2008 Mr. Barr ran for president as a Libertarian.

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