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NC Libertarians hold Senate primary election, Haugh wins

Sean Haugh, 2014 Libertarian candidate for US Senate in North Carolina.
Sean Haugh, 2014 Libertarian candidate for US Senate in North Carolina.
Sean Haugh

On May 6, the Libertarian Party of North Carolina held a primary election in a US Senate race. It was the second statewide Libertarian primary in North Carolina history.

There were two candidates on the primary ballot: Sean Haugh, a pizza delivery man from Durham, and Tim D'Annunzio, a businessman from Raeford.

Haugh is a longtime Libertarian Party activist who also ran for US Senate in 2002. His platform is focused on ending all wars, along with the expenditures thereof.

D'Annunzio is a former Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the 4th Congressional District in 2012 and the 8th Congressional District in 2010. He gained infamy in his previous runs for making a litany of extreme statements, and has drawn the ire of some Libertarian voters for running as a conservative rather than a libertarian as well as for supporting Greg Brannon, a candidate in the Republican primary.

As North Carolina has semi-open primaries, voters who were registered Libertarian (23,541 as of May 6) or Unaffiliated (1,741,983 as of May 6) could vote in the Libertarian primary election.

With all precincts reporting, Haugh won the primary election by a margin of 1,215 votes (60.69 percent) to 787 votes (39.31 percent). Haugh moves on to face incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan as well as Republican Thom Tillis in November.