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Three-way North Carolina U.S. Senate race heats up as Libertarian gains traction

Yesterday, May 13, 2014, Public Policy Polling released its latest poll in the three-way race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina with interesting results. The race is between Libertarian Sean Haugh, Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Kay Hagan. Results of the poll showed Hagan in the lead with 38%, Tillis with 36%, Haugh with 11% and 15% of respondents were undecided.

Thirty percent of respondents in the poll described themselves as mostly moderate while forty-five percent described themselves as either somewhat or very conservative. Thirty-five percent of respondents labeled themselves as Republican, 42% Democrat and 23% as Independent.

The poll shows what can happen when a poll mentions the Libertarian Party candidate, as often there name is excluded. Often instead of mentioning the Libertarian candidate, most polls will just use the term "someone else" when asking respondents who they would vote if it is not the Democrat or Republican candidate in a race. The 11% for Libertarian Party candidate Haugh is an important factor in the race to be North Carolina's next U.S. Senator. It is confirmation North Carolina is moving in a more libertarian direction and confirms the disconnect Americans are having with the two older political parties.

Some other interesting issues revealed in the poll was that a full 41% of those saying they would vote for Haugh, did not vote for either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. When it came to climate change, it would appear 54% view it to be a fact, however the question did not go as far to ask if it was caused by humans. It would also appear that Haugh's challengers, Tillis and Hagan are rather unpopular in North Carolina. Tillis received a 46% unfavorable rating while Hagan received a 49% unfavorable rating. There is much time before the November, 2014 general election, giving North Carolinians more time to increase Haugh's polling numbers.

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