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Votes for Mickey Mouse, football manager Nick Saban and “any other Republican” were among some-more than 22,000 write-ins in the Alabama Senate election the Democrat Doug Jones won this month by a little reduction than that number.
Controversy surrounding Roy Moore, the first Republican to remove a Senate race in Alabama in 25 years, stirred the high series of write-ins: 22,852 in total, or 1.6% of the 1.3 million who voted.
Moore, a controversial rightwing hardliner who was permitted by Donald Trump despite allegations of passionate bungle towards a series of teenage women, perceived 651,969 votes.
Jones, who was certified as the leader this week after a authorised plea from Moore alleging widespread voter rascal and casting doubt on high audience among African Americans, perceived 673,891 ballots: 21,922 some-more than Moore.
The effusive Republican senator, Luther Strange, who was allocated to the post vacated by Trump profession ubiquitous Jeff Sessions but lost the primary to Moore, was the top write-in claimant in many counties.
State officials did not sum statewide numbers of write-ins but numbers submitted by counties showed that Strange perceived some-more than 7,500 votes, roughly a third of the write-in total.
Many such ballots followed the recommendation of the portion Alabama senator Richard Shelby, who pronounced shortly before the vote he could not opinion for Moore and would instead write in the name of another Republican.
Strange was followed by Lee Busby, a retired Marine colonel and former help to White House arch of staff John Kelly, who was the top write-in claimant in at slightest 10 counties. Other names frequently created in enclosed Sessions and Saban, the successful and revered University of Alabama football coach.
State officials stressed forward of the election that electorate had to write-in the name of a vital person in sequence for the opinion to be tallied. That did not stop votes for Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, SpongeBob SquarePants, Ronald Reagan, Jesus and “UR Mom”. There was also a opinion for Sassy, the name of the horseMoore rode to the polls.
At slightest one person voted by write-in for Leigh Corfman, one of the women who lifted an claim against Moore, who is 70, about poise pronounced to have taken place when he was in his 30s. Moore denied all such allegations.
Other electorate voted for another woman, Dianne Bentley, who divorced former Alabama administrator Robert Bentley amid accusations that he was having an event with an aide.
Martin Pengelly is the Guardian US weekend editor, formed in New York. Follow him on Twitter @MartinPengelly.