Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Usual suspects garner write-in votes

Clint Eastwood for president? How about God? Or Han Solo? Then again, perhaps, the cartoon character Elmer Fudd floats your boat.

Those were just a handful of the names Knox County residents took the time to write in as candidates on the Nov. 6, presidential ballot, according to the 40-page list (2,318 names) officially approved this week by county election officials.

As always, some were funny, other creative and a few too lewd, crude and rude for a family blog.
It should also go without saying that none of the write-ins won.

The biggest race on the ballot – the one for president – garnered the most: a total of 528.

On that list included: Captain America, Bill Halsam, Bill Clinton, Ham Sandwich, Mickey Mouse, Rosanne Barr (always a popular one in Knox County elections for some reason); Peyton Manning, Ted Nugent (when was the last time this guy had a hit?) and Terry Bollea (that's Hulk Hogan to you!), just to name a few.

In addition, some folks made sure Jesus was accounted for, as well as county Commissioner Richard Briggs, Willie Nelson (another local favorite) and Zombie Eisenhower!

Ron Paul, however, led the race with about 270 folks either wasting their vote, having fun or just plain making a point.

Over in the U.S. Senate race, Park Overhall took the lead with about 80 write-in votes (she still lost), but we'd be remiss if we didn't point out votes for “A Decent Person,” Buggs Bunny, Beagle Dog, Batman Villain Harvey Dent or “Yo Mama.”

News Sentinel Columnist Sam Venable, Alfred E. Newman, Luke Skywalker and Homer Simpson were tapped to represent the 2nd District U.S. House seat.

As were the Dalai Lama, John Adams, Minnie Mouse, the Tazmanian Devil and Yoda for the 6th District state Senate post.

In other seats, Bob Marley, Kermit (of frog fame), Obi Wan Kenobi (Star Wars is popular these days!), Crom (that's from Conan) and Cthulu also received nods.

In addition, Strawberry Shortcake, Linda Snuffy Smith and “nobody” were somebody's choice.
“Anyone else” garnered some votes in a number of races, as did Mustang Sally, Terry Bradshaw, Bart Simpson and “None of the Above.”

And, no local election would be complete, of course, without “Yellow Dog” getting a vote.

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