Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr made a loud and forceful exit from the GOP in 2008, when he won the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination. Now he's back in his old political home.
Barr represented Georgia in the House from 1995-2003, where he was best known as a manager in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. Always a voice for civil liberties, Barr often defied his own party's stances in the post-9/11 era, and bolted the GOP altogether in 2008.
That year the Libertarians nominated Barr as president - after he renounced his opposition to same-sex marriage and drug prohibition. But Barr's libertarian ticket only won 0.4 percent of the vote.
Now Barr, 65, is trying to return to the House as a Republican. Barr is headed to a July run-off election with former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk as he tries to complete his political comeback.
Barr placed second in his six-way House primary for a district in the suburbs and exurbs northwest of Atlanta with 26% of the vote. Loudermilk, who was backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, placed first in the primary with 37%. Georgia law requires a July 22 runoff election when no primary candidate receives 50% of the vote. Democrats didn't field a candidate in the district.
The winner of the run-off will replace Rep. Phil Gingrey, who unsuccessfully sought the state's GOP Senate nomination.
During Barr's first congressional stint he was among the most ardent Clinton critics. Barr called for an impeachment probe of President Clinton even before the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, based on purported campaign finance violations.
The once the Ken Starr special prosecutor team turned its sight on the Clinton/Lewinsky relationship, Barr was the first member of Congress to call for the president to resign.