Horner says he needs 20 percent support soon

Most candidates avoid being specific, knowing on many levels that could hurt their campaigns.

But Tom Horner of the Independence Party broke with that tradition in revealing where his campaign needs to be in the polls to be competitive.

Horner said that he needs “to cross that threshold to get into the 20 percent range by mid-October.” The latest polls show him closer to 16 percent to 18 percent.

Most politicians avoid revealing internal campaign goals, such as Horner’s poll percentage, out of fear if they don’t reach a goal, financial and voter support will disappear.

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