Crowd of competitors in U.S. Senate race climbs to 13

02/28/2014 3:03 PM

08/05/2014 6:51 PM

Two more candidates – a Democrat and a Republican – entered the race for U.S. Senate Friday just a few hours before the noon filing deadline.

The addition of Republican Alex Bradshaw of Icard and Democrat Ernest Reeves of Greenville increases the pool of candidates vying for Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat to 13, including Hagan herself. All three parties will hold May primaries, with eight candidates competing for the Republican slot, three for the Democratic and two for the Libertarian.

Bradshaw, a researcher who has no political background, said he was drawn into the race after learning that none of the candidates shared his views on intellectual property laws, which he thinks need radical reform. He said he had planned to announce his campaign earlier, but it took longer to get things ready than he’d anticipated.

“It turns out it’s harder than it looks to write a platform singlehandedly,” he said.

Bradshaw said he knew what he was getting into with such a crowded field of candidates.

“I’m not delusional, so I do know that it will be a tough race,” he said.

“Part of the reason I decided to run is that even if I lost, which is the most probable outcome, the campaign will provide a platform for spreading my ideas, which are ideas that none of the other candidates are talking about.”

Reeves hadn’t stuck around for questions, but Bradshaw, dressed in a sweatshirt and sweatpants, stayed at the Board of Elections until the deadline.

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