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Libertarian to tap "Survivor" Rupert Boneham

Rupert Boneham discussed his elimination and predictions for the "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" finale on The Early Show.
Rupert Boneham discussed his elimination, and predictions for the "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" finale on "The Early Show." CBS

(CBS/AP) INDIANAPOLIS - Will he be as popular with voters as he was with "Survivor" fans?

That's the question Libertarian Party members in Indiana are asking themselves as they prepare to nominate former television reality series star Rupert Boneham as their candidate for Indiana governor.

Libertarian officials say the fan favorite from 2004's "Survivor: All-Stars" is unopposed for the party's nomination and that he'll be formally nominated at its state convention in Indianapolis on Saturday.

The 48-year-old, tie-dye wearing Boneham first appeared on "Survivor: Pearl Islands" and later took part in the all-star game. He won neither but he did pick up $1 million as the fan favorite on the TV show. The winner was determined by fan votes and Boneham won by a landslide.

He has donated some of it to his Rupert's Kids charity, which provides mentoring and job-training to at-risk youths.

Boneham will face Republican Mike Pence and Democrat John Gregg in the governor's race.