Election 2012

Charles Darwin Gets 4,000 Votes Against Christian Conservative Congressman

Said evolution was a lie from "the pit of hell."


A long-dead, 19th century British naturalist received nearly 4,000 votes against incumbent Georgia congressman Rep. Paul Broun (R) after the House member's controversial comments at a Christian fundraiser were made public earlier this year. According to the Athens, Georgia's alt weekly, Flagpole magazine, the list of names written in against Broun's stretched to an impressive 371 pages and is available for download as a .pdf here.

"I can't ever remember seeing a (write-in ballot) report that long," Athens-Clarke County Elections Supervisor Gail Schrader told the Athens Banner-Herald on Thursday morning.

The campaign to write in Charles Darwin over Broun was begun by several people, including University of Georgia plant biology professor Jim Leebens-Mack. Leebens-Mack told Raw Story in October that he started the campaign and Facebook page "to let both the Democratic and Republican parties know that we're not happy that Paul Broun is our only choice in the 10th Congressional District of Georgia."