LAS VEGAS - The Libertarian Party selected former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray of California as their 2012 standard bearers at their national convention today. Both candidates were elected by large majorities in the first round of voting. Johnson and Gray both defeated party activist and publisher one Lee Wrights for their nomination.
Later in the day the convention turned from predictable to wild when the party struggled to elect a new national committee chair. Party rules allow delegates to vote for None Of The Above, or NOTA, when voting at the convention. This quirk put the party in the awkward position of having one of the candidates for national chair, Mark Rutherford, lose to NOTA on the second ballot.
I am covering the convention for Reason Magazine and you can find all of my dispatches from the convention here.
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