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Paul Stanton ousts Augustus Sol Invictus from Libertarian Senate primary

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Libertarians have rejected goat-blood-drinking, LSD-dropping, neo-nationalist candidate Augustus Sol Invictus of Orlando and picked Paul Stanton of Deland to be their nominee this year for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat.

Stanton beat Invictus 74 percent to 26 percent in Tuesday’s Libertarian Party primary for the U.S. Senate.

Stanton, a computer programmer and “pro-peace” Army veteran, entered the race in May after Invictus’s penchant for shocking people with his behavior and statements became too much for Libertarian Party leaders. Stanton quickly picked up almost all Libertarian endorsements, starting with presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

Stanton pushes much of the Libertarian Party’s general platform, including ending U.S. military involvements in the Middle East, decriminalizing drugs, and overhauling the tax system.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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