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Survey Leads Austin Petersen to Declare Potential Opponent As “Most Beatable Democrat”


The Kansas City star reports that a recent survey shows MO Attorney General Josh Hawley ahead of Claire McCaskill by 3%.  No other Republicans were surveyed against McCaskill, but the results suggest that should Austin Petersen defeat Hawley in the primary, he would have a realistic shot at becoming a United States Senator.

Petersen’s biggest hurdle in winning the election will be funding. “[…] Petersen pointed out that there is a large disparity in campaign donations between the two Republican camps. While the average donation to Hawley’s team is around $2,000, an average contribution to Petersen’s campaign operation is only about $50,” reports Western Journalism.

Sen. McCaskill has already raised $3 million for her own campaign, which she notes is a record-breaking amount to have been raised in 3 months. Austin Petersen had raised $214,000 in the same timeframe.

It’s shocking that even with the disparity in funding between the candidates, Missouri voters seem to be favoring a Republican candidate. If Petersen can demonstrate why he would be the best candidate for individual liberty and that Hawley is another handpicked establishment candidate, then the U.S. might have another libertarian in the Senate.

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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