Sean Haugh

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Sean Haugh
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, North Carolina
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Sean Haugh was a 2014 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from North Carolina.[1] He was defeated by Thom Tillis (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]


Haugh is a pizza delivery man.[3]


Campaign themes


Haugh explained his positions on key issues on his campaign Facebook page:[1]

"I am running because I want to stop all war. Not only real war but metaphorical war as well.

We have to stop our wars abroad. American taxpayers should not be paying for the deaths of others around the world. I stand against drone warfare in particular. We need to stop exporting arms to other governments and quasi-governmental groups. We must end all government policies that spread violence at home and abroad.

We have to stop the culture wars. There is no political solution which starts with half of the population dropping dead. Every person deserves respect and dignity simply for being human. Culture warriors portray their opponents as less than human, causing violence and hatred to spread. We would be well served to start approaching our political and social differences in terms of right and wrong, not good and evil. We must reason with each other, not try to destroy each other.

We have to stop the wars against our own people. The militarization of our police must change course. Police violence against the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve is growing at an alarming rate. The massive assaults against our electronic privacy also create a government based on intimidation rather than service. We must reform our relationship with those we charge to tend to our security."



See also: United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014

Haugh ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent North Carolina. He lost to Thom Tillis (R) in the general election.[2] Haugh won the Libertarian nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, North Carolina General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kay Hagan Incumbent 47.3% 1,377,651
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThom Tillis 48.8% 1,423,259
     Libertarian Sean Haugh 3.7% 109,100
     Write-in John Rhodes 0% 621
     Write-in David Waddell 0% 201
     Write-in Barry Gurney 0% 142
     Write-in Write-in (miscellaneous) 0.1% 4,307
Total Votes 2,915,281
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. Senate, North Carolina Libertarian Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Haugh 60.7% 1,226
Tim D'Annunzio 39.3% 794
Total Votes 2,020
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

American Future Fund ad campaign

In October 2014, the American Future Fund spent $225,000 supporting Haugh in an online ad campaign. One campaign video, entitled, "More Weed, Less War," featured catch phrases such as, "Get Haugh, get high," showing Haugh's support for legalizing marijuana. Various media sources originally reported the American Future Fund as being funded by Charles and David Koch, but a spokesman for the Koch-backed network's financial group, Freedom Partners, stated, "Freedom Partners has not given American Future Fund any grants in the last two years and has no involvement with their current campaign in North Carolina."[4]

Splitting the Republican vote

For a third party candidate, Haugh did remarkably well in the polls. His increasing involvement worried many Republicans, who feared that he could have siphoned votes away from Thom Tillis (R) and increased Kay Hagan's (D) chances of winning the Senate seat. Although Haugh did not have anywhere near the cash on hand of Hagan or Tillis, he remained active by creating YouTube videos and asking for Bitcoin donations.[3]


  • Without much campaign funding, Haugh did not have the means of producing cable television ads. However, he released a series of YouTube videos announcing his candidacy and explaining his positions on key issues.[5]

Haugh explained why he was running for U.S. Senate

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