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D’Annunzio: I Would Not Be Spoiler in Senate Race
Libertarian Party Senate hopefuls debate roles of third parties and government
DURHAM – Tim D’Annunzio made a shocking admission during a Saturday candidate forum (video here): If he defeated Sean Haugh and won the Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. Senate, and Gregg Brannon got the Republican nod, he would not want to split the vote in the general election and allow Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan to retain the seat.
No policy difference generated as much audience buzz at the April 5 forum at the Hilton Garden Inn in Research Triangle Park as the Libertarian Party candidates’ views on the argument that a vote for a third party candidate is wasted, and too often plays a spoiler role in depriving a major party candidate of an electoral win.
“I’m going to be perfectly honest with you,” D’Annunzio said. “The last thing that I want to be responsible for if I receive the nomination is to allow Kay Hagan to defeat someone who is a libertarian because I split the libertarian vote in the name of the Libertarian Party.”
He said Brannon, a Cary OB/GYN who’s seeking the GOP Senate bid, is “just like I was when I was part of the Republican Party. [Brannon is] actually a libertarian [philosophically] who thinks the Republican Party is the way to get elected.” Running as a Republican, D’Annunzio lost a primary runoff for the 8th Congressional District in 2010, and the general election for the 4th Congressional District in 2012.
Brannon “believes in the Constitution. He believes in the founding principles,” D’Annunzio said.
“I am sorry to say that my allegiance is not to the Libertarian Party. My allegiance is to the Constitution of the United States,” and having a senator who believes likewise, D’Annunzio said.
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