Wednesday, October 26, 2016

North Carolina's top Libertarian candidates are Oklahoma exports

The Oklahoma Libertarian Party is experienced a mini-resurgence, obtaining ballot access for the first time since the 2000 election. In addition to the party presidential nominee Gary Johnson, 15 other Libertarians will be on the ballot for a variety of offices, ranging from U.S. Senate to the state legislature.

Those candidates won't be the only Oklahoma Libertarians on the November ballot, however. In an interesting coincidence, the top Libertarian candidates in North Carolina both have Oklahoma ties. My wife stumbled across this tidbit while researching candidates for friends and family in her homestate.

Lon Cecil

Lon Cecil is the Libertarian Party nominee for Governor of North Carolina. A 19-year resident of the Tarheel State, Cecil was born in Oklahoma, graduated from Oklahoma State University, and worked for a time in Ada with a small-market television station.

In recent polling, Cecil is drawing about 3%, which could have a major impact on the race, as incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory is locked in a virtual tie with Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Sean Haugh

Sean Haugh is the NC Libertarian Party nominee for U.S. Senate. Here are some excerpts from his website:
I was born in Tucson in 1960 and still have strong Arizona roots. But I list my hometown as Tulsa because we moved there when I was 2 and stayed until I left high school.

I love living in Durham in part because it's a lot like living in Tulsa without having to live in Tulsa any more.

I don't align myself with any particular religion, but I am an Oklahoma Sooners football fan, which is pretty much the same thing.
Haugh has a very active YouTube channel, where he rambles in a bizarre-yet-halfway-entertaining manner. While Cecil came across as a respectable and semi-serious candidate in a recent televised debate, Haugh sounds and looks like a goofy nut.

Incumbent Republican Senator Richard Burr has a slight lead over Democrat challenger Deborah Ross, but Haugh is receiving between 2% and 6% in recent polling.

Will North Carolina's Oklahoma Libertarians be more successful than Oklahoma's Oklahoma Libertarians? We'll know for sure come November 8th.


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