WNCN: Libertarian Candidate Could Have Big Impact on Senate Race

A segment that ran on WNCN-TV here in Raleigh earlier today focused on the potential for Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh to draw significant support in the November election. “At least one recent poll had Haugh as high as 8 percent” said WNCN political correspondent Beau Minnick. “Early polls have suggested he’s polling in the high single digits, which could really affect the outcome of the race,” added Meredith College political science professor David McLennan.

McLennan added that while conventional wisdom has it that a Libertarian candidate in North Carolina draws more votes away from the Republican candidate than from the Democrat, “There’s so much animosity towards Washington that some of the Hagan supporters—or former supporters—may be saying, ‘I don’t like anybody up there.’”

Haugh pointed out that it’s wrong to say he is “drawing votes away” from anybody. “I could only be ‘drawing votes away’ from someone if that candidate owned those votes…but in fact, you own your vote—not any candidate or party—and just like any other candidate, I have to earn it from you.”

“If I lose the election, the only thing that I can say about that is that I simply didn't do enough to win,” Haugh said.

To see the segment in its entirety, click here.

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