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Libertarian presidential candidate visits NC

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- The Libertarian Party's presidential candidate will join the party's gubernatorial hopeful in North Carolina to run on the campaign trail both figuratively and literally.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson plans to join North Carolina nominee Barbara Howe on Saturday morning in a 5-kilometer run north of Charlotte. Howe said it will be her 50th 5K run since promising to run that distance in all 100 counties as part of her campaign.

The state Libertarian Party says Johnson will campaign in Charlotte later Saturday. He'll hold a lunch fundraiser, speak at a rally of conservatives opposed to what they call unconstitutional wars and participate in a dinner at a Charlotte country club.

Howe has run for governor two previous times.

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