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For Libertarian, Success Doesn't Require Victory

Mike Munger is carrying the weight of the Libertarian Party on his shoulders in the North Carolina governor's race.

State law now says Libertarians and other third parties need to
win just 2 percent of the vote to stay on the ballot without having
to mount a petition drive. That's much lower than the previous 10 percent, but since 1976, only one Libertarian candidate -- Scott
McLaughlin in 1992 -- has won 2 percent of the vote.

The 50-year-old Munger has boosted his long-shot candidacy against Democrat Beverly Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory with both stubbornness and levity. After complaining repeatedly about being left out of the campaign's televised debates, Munger got a place on the stage for the final three forums, including a debate on Wednesday.

Munger's campaign has six staff members, including 2004 nominee
Barbara Howe as his unpaid campaign manager. He says he's gone from discouraged to exhausted, and now he's very encouraged.


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