Roy Moore's Hopes Dashed by Bugs Bunny and Jesus

22,000 write-in votes helped push Doug Jones into the Senate
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2018 6:05 PM CST
Roy Moore   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

(Newser) – On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence will officially welcome Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate, bringing to an end one of the strangest and most controversial elections in recent memory, the Hill reports. And while Jones' former opponent, Roy Moore, is still refusing to concede the race, Alabama state election officials have released information about the more than 22,000 write-in votes that helped to dash his hopes. The man Moore beat in the Republican primary, Luther Strange, got some small revenge, beating all other write-in candidates with 7500 votes, the Guardian reports. Meanwhile, Lee Busby, a former aide to current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly who was running as an independent, won the write-in battle in at least 10 counties.

Other fantasy candidates, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose seat Jones and Moore were vying to fill, and University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban won votes, as did Leigh Corfman, one of the women who accused Moore of trying to instigate an sexual relationship with her when she was just a teenager. And so did Sassy, the horse Moore rode to the polls on Election Day. Some voters vented their frustration with the race by writing in "Neither" and "Any Other Republican," NBC News reports, while others threw their support behind celebrities, both human and animated, like Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob Square Pants, Ronald Reagan, and even Jesus. Unfortunately, Alabama election law requires candidates to be living persons in order for write-in ballots to count.

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