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Lincoln Chafee ends Libertarian run for president

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., on June 3, 2015.
Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., on June 3, 2015.Manuel Balce Ceneta

Former Rhode Island governor and U.S. senator Lincoln Chafee has ended his run for president as a Libertarian.

Chafee said in a Facebook post on Sunday that he looks “forward to helping other Libertarians seeking office.” He said his campaign was changed by the coronavirus but had a successful transfer to virtual connections amid the outbreak.

Chafee was a Republican in the U.S. Senate and became an independent after losing his seat in 2006. He was elected Rhode Island governor in 2010 as an independent and became a Democrat in office. He didn’t run for reelection but mounted a short-lived run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015.

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Chafee moved to Wyoming last year and joined the Libertarian Party.