Someone really wanted Ellen DeGeneres to be the next senator from Alabama. And she wasn’t the only big-name celebrity to attract a write-in vote.
Failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore lost his race to Democrat Doug Jones by less than 21,000 votes.
More than 22,800 voters decided they couldn’t pick either front-runner and picked someone else, often with hilarious results.
Kardashian luminary Kris Jenner had a write-in vote. So did Tom Selleck, former NBA star Charles Barkley, Robert Redford, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Clint Eastwood.
The ad-lib votes also included fictional characters: Boo Radley from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and Ron Swanson from ‘Parks and Recreation.’
Alfred E. Neuman, the lampoonish MAD Magazine mascot, also drew someone’s thumbs-up.
So did cartoon icons Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Spongebob Square Pants and Snoopy.
Among real-life non-politicians, University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban was the top vote-getter with 264. Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning got one vote each.
And ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson was the choice of at least 15 voters in 10 counties. Another wrote in: ‘Your mom.’
Moral minority: Only a handful of write-ins went to Jesus Christ and Santa Claus
Two Alabamians used their ballots to make a statement about the sex-abuse allegations that derailed Moore’s Senate hopes.
They wrote in the name of Leigh Corfman, a woman who accused Moore last month of molesting her when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old prosecutor.
Corfman said Moore took her to his home on two occasions.
‘He basically laid out some blankets on the floor of his living room and proceed to – seduce me, I guess you would say,’ she said.
Madison County was a hotbed of Election Day hilarity, with Alabamians choosing Bugs Bunny, Pepe Le Pew, Santa Claus, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Ghost of Stonewall Jackson
Leigh Corfman, pictured as a teenage girl, accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 14 and he was 32; two Alabama voters wrote her name in on Dec. 12. In Cherokee County, others voted for Mickey Mouse and Jesus
‘And during the course of that, he removed my clothing. He left the room and came back in, wearing his white underwear. And he touched me over my clothing, what was left of it. And he tried to get me to touch him, as well.’
On the opposite end of the moral spectrum, Jesus Christ won more than a dozen votes. Santa Claus had two.
And several Alabamians chose animals as their Senate picks.
One wrote in ‘My German Shepherd.’ Another chose ‘Whiskers the Cat.’ A third wrote ‘Red Squirrel’ on a ballot.
Moore’s horse Sassy also picked up a vote. He rode the horse to his polling place to vote on Election Day.
Roy Moore rode his horse Sassy to vote on Dec. 12; the equine got one write-in vote
In Tuscaloosa County, voters wrote in Donald Duck, Donald Trump, ‘Dr. Taco Bell,’ Elmer Fudd and ‘Is this the best we can do?’ – and ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson had supporters too
In one county, a ballot was marked for ‘[the] Ghost of Stonewall Jackson,’ a reference to a fight scene from the Will Farrell movie ‘Anchorman 2.’
‘A Normal Republican, Please,’ wrote another. And reflecting the mood about Moore among Republicans, one voter scrawled: ‘Is this the best we can do?’