This Libertarian Pizza Deliverer Could Cost Republicans The Senate

Sean-HaughA bushy-eyebrowed pizza deliverer from Durham, N.C., might keep Republicans from winning the Senate.

Sean Haugh isn’t a household name and probably never will be. But he’s a libertarian candidate for Senate in North Carolina, and his name is on the ballot, and recent polls shows he’s doing, well, not terrible. They also show that he siphons off votes from the Republican nominee. So Democrat Kay Hagan, one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, potentially stands to benefit a lot from Haugh’s candidacy.

Haugh’s central goal is to get onstage for debates. A representative of the North Carolina Broadcast Association, which plans to host a debate, confirmed that the group requires candidates to have 10 percent or more in the three polls held closest to the day of the debate. And recent polling suggests that’s not totally unrealistic; a May 30 poll from the Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank, gave Haugh 8 percent in a survey of 600 registered voters.

That poll also showed Republican nominee Thom Tillis‘ lead growing when Haugh’s name was taken out. And a PPP poll of 877 registered voters from early May gave Haugh 11 percent of the vote.

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  • Shane Stevens

    I despise the ‘taking votes away’ non-argument. He’s not taking anything away from anyone, he got people to vote for him because they prefer him as their candidate. Most of those people probably would not vote at all rather than elect another two-party false paradigm stooge.

    • Kelly Harriger

      I’m with you. “Stealing votes away” is total BS. The reason we have the government we have is because everyone buys into the lame argument that you only have two legitimate choices, and if you cast your vote elsewhere, it’s wasted, or hurting a “real candidate.” The status quo will never change until people break out of the sheeple mindset and vote for the best candidates.

      • The Federal Farmer

        The best candidates I’ve ever voted for were “none of the above”.

  • hipposelect

    Oh, I know! Let’s vote for the lesser of two evils AGAIN!!! Awww, it would just be too bad if a Libertarian running cost a DemoPublican his seat, wouldn’t it? What happened the last time Republicans had their way? Until people get it through their heads that both parties are identical in every way that matters, it’ll just be the same old same old until the country collapses around our ears. That is the stupidest argument ever, that he’ll take away Republican votes. Yet it’s one that’s always trotted out, isn’t it?

  • Bill Agans

    i’d vote for this guy, just cuz of the video. his presentation was honest & humble. plus, he ended it w/ beer. lol

  • Philip J Langlois

    This is exactly why libertarians SHOULD vote for libertarian candidates. Because it will take away votes from someone else. When they realize that we are principled in our voting, and demand the same of elected officials. Voting for the lesser of two evils maintains the status quo. Only if it hurts one of the parties will their voting records change. If someone tell you that you are throwing away your vote, ask them if they think the republican party (based upon the article) is more or less likely to adopt libertarian positions when we vote for them (despite their positions) or when they realize they won’t get our vote unless they change their positions. Maybe not this election, maybe not the next election, but lose enough elections because libertarians REFUSE the “lesser of two evils” argument, and they WILL CHANGE. Voting libertarian and costing someone else the vote because of it, is probably THE MOST VALUABLE vote you will ever cast.