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Two Libertarians will battle for minor-party Senate nomination

In this unpredictable political year, Florida will see something else that it hasn't seen in a very long time, if ever: a statewide minor-party primary.

Two Libertarian Party candidates met Friday's deadline to run for the U.S. Senate.

Augustus Invictus of Orlando, who appears in state voting records as a former Democrat, and Paul Stanton of DeLand both filed papers as Libertarian candidates. They'll duke it out on the Aug. 30 primary ballot for the right to be the party's nominee on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The primary is open to all Libertarian voters, and there were 23,513 of them in March. The two counties with the most registered Libertarians were Pinellas (1,733) and Hillsborough (1,715).