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Sean Newton Haugh (born November 17, 1960) is an American politician and pizza delivery man who has run for Senate in North Carolina under the Libertarian Party nomination in 2002, 2014 and 2016. He currently resides in Durham.[1][2]

Sean Haugh
Sean Haugh at a NORML event in Raleigh, North Carolina
Sean Newton Haugh

November 17, 1960
ResidenceDurham, North Carolina, United States United States
CitizenshipUnited States United States
Alma materTufts University
OccupationPizza Delivery Man
Known forLibertarian Party candidate for United States Senate in 2002, 2014, and 2016
Home townTulsa, Oklahoma
Political partyLibertarian Party



During his 2002 campaign Haugh also acted as Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina.[3] Haugh helped raise money for Libertarian candidates by helping sell calendars featuring pinups of female Libertarians which were made by fellow Libertarian Rachel Mills, an idea thought up during an informal conversation between Haugh and Mills about fundraising. The calendars were sold for $20 each with Haugh describing all the photographs as "tasteful" and saying the calendar received mostly positive reactions.[3]


Although Haugh had sworn off of politics years earlier he decided to run in 2014 because he couldn't stand the idea of only having a Democrat and a Republican on the ballot.[4] Haugh became well known for his campaign video where he shares his political platform.[5] These videos are filmed from his campaign manager's basement.[6]

During Haugh's 2014 campaign the conservative group American Future Fund funded an online campaign for Haugh.[7] The ads for the campaign used slogans like "Get Haugh, Get High" and "More Weed, Less War". Though the ads directly supported Haugh the candidate himself has stated

While I appreciate the support, I have a whole new reason to despise Koch brothers and their dark money,[8]

Haugh told the Charlotte Observer that "Apparently all three campaigns are now busy telling everyone that I am the best candidate in this race."[9]


Haugh was not invited to the debate between Deborah Ross and Richard Burr for the 2016 election. He tweeted that instead he would be delivering pizzas during the debate.[10]


2002 North Carolina U.S. Senate Election[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Elizabeth Dole 1,248,664 53.56   0.92
Democratic Erskine Bowles 1,047,983 44.96   0.96
Libertarian Sean Haugh 33,807 1.45   0.46
Write-In Paul DeLaney 727 0.03   0.02
Majority 200,681 8.6   1.88
Turnout 2,331,181
2014 North Carolina U.S. Senate election[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Thom Tillis 1,423,259 48.82%   4.64
Democratic Kay Hagan 1,377,651 47.26%   5.39
Libertarian Sean Haugh 109,100 3.74%   0.62
Other Write-ins 5,271 0.18%   0.14
Plurality 45,608 1.56%
Turnout 2,915,281
United States Senate election in North Carolina, 2016 [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Richard Burr (i) 2,395,376 51.06% -3.75%
Democratic Deborah Ross 2,128,165 45.37% +2.32%
Libertarian Sean Haugh 167,592 3.57% +1.48%
Majority 267,208 5.69% +6.07%
Total votes 4,691,133 100.00% +76.35%
Republican hold Swing

Personal lifeEdit

Haugh has lived in Durham, North Carolina since 1988. He is married to Pam Adams and owns two dogs and two cats. His hobbies include cooking, reading, listening to music, and football. He is not affiliated with any religion.[2][1] In August 2016 Haugh had a heart-attack and was admitted to Duke University Hospital.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "Sean Haugh, Libertarian for US Senate". Sean Haugh, Libertarian for US Senate. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  2. ^ a b "A quick look at Sean Haugh, NC Senate candidate". The Washington Times. October 10, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Keesler, William (October 22, 2002). "Libertarians raise funds with pinup calendar". The Dispatch. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Tumulty, Karen; Wilson, Reid (July 6, 2014). "Meet Sean Haugh, the Libertarian pizza guy who may deliver a Senate seat in N.C." The Washington Post.
  5. ^ "How Libertarians are Trying to Build their Party in North Carolina". News and Observer. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  6. ^ "Pizza Man Delivers Third-Party Option". NPR. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  7. ^ Gold, Matea (October 23, 2014). "Conservative group funds pro-weed campaign for North Carolina Libertarian candidate". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ "Outside Group Sends Blunt Message In N.C. Senate Race". NPR. October 23, 2014.
  9. ^ Morril, Jim (November 1, 2014). "Tea party Republicans favor Davidson Democrat". The Charlotte Observer.
  10. ^ Campbell, Colin (October 13, 2016). "Left out of Senate debate, Libertarian candidate will deliver pizzas instead".
  11. ^ "NC SBE Contest Results". Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  12. ^ NC State Board of Elections website Archived 2014-12-30 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "North Carolina Official General Election Results". North Carolina State Board of Elections. November 8, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Libertarian Senate candidate in NC suffers heart attack". The Robesonian. August 20, 2016.
  15. ^ Campbell, Colin (August 19, 2016). "Libertarian US Senate candidate Sean Haugh recovering from heart attack". News and Observer.