Darwin Gets 4K Write-Ins vs. Creationist Lawmaker

Georgia congressman Paul Broun gets symbolic opposition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2012 6:09 PM CST
This photo from 1878 provided by the Granger Collection shows English naturalist Charles Darwin.   (AP Photo/The Granger Collection, File)

(Newser) – Charles Darwin earned almost 4,000 write-in votes in one Georgia county against a congressman who denounced evolution and other scientific theories as "lies straight from the pit of hell." The symbolic votes in Athens-Clarke County on Tuesday were against Republican Rep. Paul Broun, who was running unopposed. (He beat Darwin by about 13,000 votes in the county, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.) Broun gave a speech to a church group in September lambasting evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang theory. (Read more Charles Darwin stories.)

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