Sean Haugh, Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, made the front page of July 7th’s Washington Post because he is polling between 8-11 percent of the voters — which is greater than the margin by which the Democratic incumbent is leading the Republican challenger.
So far, Haugh’s campaign barely exists anywhere but on YouTube. But it is doing surprisingly well in a high-stakes Senate contest in which candidates and outside groups have already spent more than $15 million.
Four polls lately put his support somewhere between 8 and 11 percent — not enough to suggest a realistic possibility of winning, but conceivably enough to affect the outcome of the race. The same surveys show the margin between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and her GOP challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, at six points or less.
Martin Morse Wooster notes Sean Haugh was a very active fan in the ’80s and ’90s, and a member of the libertarian-oriented Golden APA. Haugh also founded his own APA, the Junto, a political APA that flourished in the late ’80s and early ’90s.