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Lincoln Chafee files to run for president as Libertarian

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee speaks during a Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. Former Democratic presidential candidate Chafee filed to run for president as a Libertarian. Chafee on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 registered the Lincoln Chafee For President campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission, online records showed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee speaks during a Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. Former Democratic presidential candidate Chafee filed to run for president as a Libertarian. Chafee on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 registered the Lincoln Chafee For President campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission, online records showed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee has filed to run for president as a Libertarian.

The former governor of Rhode Island on Sunday registered the “Lincoln Chafee For President” campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission, online records showed.

A fundraising website linked to the FEC filing states, “Lincoln Leads with TRUTH.”

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

He was a Republican in the U.S. Senate and became an independent after losing his seat in 2006.

Chafee was then elected Rhode Island governor in 2010 as an independent and became a Democrat in office.

He did not run for reelection but mounted a short-lived run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015.