MONTGOMERY, Ala. – God, Bugs Bunny and Chuck Norris were among the write-in votes that played a role in electing a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in Alabama for the first time in a quarter-century.
Al.com reports “Any other Republican” also appeared as write-ins, along with “Anybody,” “A better choice,” and “Any other.” Jesus Christ had votes in double digits.
More than 22,000 write-in ballots were cast on Dec. 12, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s office – a greater number than the 20,715-vote margin by which Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore.
Some write-in votes went to dead men, including two Confederate generals and a segregationist Georgia governor: Robert E. Lee, “Ghost of Stonewall Jackson” and George Wallace.
The newspaper said write-ins were counted from about 30 of 67 counties.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox
Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.