A new survey of likely voters in North Carolina raises the prospect of yet another libertarian “spoiler” candidate.
The CNN/ORC International poll has Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) pulling 46 percent of votes and Republican challenger Thom Tillis 43 percent, with a 4 percent margin of error. However, the poll also has Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh polling at 7 percent of the vote. If this proves to be an accurate prediction of election results, it will undoubtedly lead to Sean Haugh being labelled a “spoiler” by whichever side ends election night with a concession speech.
Haugh credits his strong poll numbers to an increased awareness of the libertarian brand, a significant change from when he ran for Senate in 2002. “‘Libertarian’ is a household word now,” he told The Washington Post. “Everybody knows what it means.”
So who is Sean Haugh? According to the Post’s July profile, Haugh is a 53-year-old pizza deliveryman who “comes across as both folksy and erudite, funny and earnest”.