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Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 11:17am

Libertarians Switch Candidates

Georgia Libertarian candidate Rhonda Martini has withdrawn from the race for lieutenant governor.

Martini reportedly left the race Wednesday to deal with family issues.

Georgia law allows a party to choose a new candidate in the event of a withdrawal.

The Times newspaper of Gainesville reports that Dan Barber of Buford appeared as the new Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor late Wednesday on the secretary of state's website.

The site says Barber is 46 and self-employed.

Libertarian Party of Georgia spokesman Brett Bittner tells the Times the party plans to release information about Barber once all the necessary paperwork has been completed for the substitution.

Barber will face incumbent Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican, and Democrat Carol Porter in the November general election.