Alabama Sec. Of State: Some Voters Picked Harambe Over Roy Moore
Alabama’s Secretary of State’s office on Saturday released the names of those who received write-in votes after Democrat Doug Jones was certified Thursday as the winner of the Senate election. Some aren’t alive. Other voter-getters aren’t even human.
Jesus Christ, Beyonce, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Ghost of Stonewall Jackson, and Harambe are among those who received protest write-in votes in Alabama’s tempestuous contest this month, according to the final results.
The race had a higher than normal number of write-in votes after allegations of sexual misconduct were lodged against Moore. Some voters in the deeply conservative state said they were simply uneasy about supporting either major nominee.
According to the results, the most popular write-in choices included outgoing Alabama Republican Sen. Luther Strange, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and write-in candidate Lee Busby.
Other choices were more…colorful.
A number of celebrities got votes, including former basketball player Charles Barkley, musician Billy Joel, singer Beyonce, reality television star Kris Jenner and actors Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris and Matthew McConaughey.
A variation of Jesus or Jesus Christ received multiple votes in the state.
Several former presidents were written in, including Thomas Jefferson, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton. President Trump himself got votes, according to Fox News.
Some non-humans did too: Harambe, the Ghost of Stonewall Jackson, Kermit the Frog, Santa Claus, Snow White, Scooby Do, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, SpongeBob SquarePants.
And one person voted for Your Mom.
The results show that 22,852 people in Alabama voted Tuesday for a write-in candidate. In 2016, when senior Sen. Richard Shelby was up for re-election, just 3,631 people wrote in candidates.
Shelby said he couldn’t bring himself to vote for Moore or a Democrat like Jones, so he wrote in a “distinguished Republican” instead. His announcement is believed to have influenced other Republicans to cast write-in votes too.