Unopposed Huelskamp target of write-in reaction




Special to The Telegram

"Can't remember name" received one write-in vote in Reno County for Congress.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, ran unopposed Nov. 6. Nearly 800 Reno County voters chose another option, making it the race drawing the most write-in votes in Hutchinson.

Some chose the blank line or wrote variations on that theme: "None," "Someone else," "Anybody but," "Any warm body," "A rock," "Any dipstick." One left a slash mark.

Even "No confidence" got a vote of confidence.

Some partisan voters didn't supply a congressional candidate name but wrote: "Democrat," "Democrate" and "Democratic."

Other voters showed their age, writing in Betty Boop and Bob Dylan.

One voter made a political statement with a candidate named "Wind Mill." Huelskamp wants to end the wind energy tax credit.

Former State Senate President Dave Kerr is an outspoken critic of Huelskamp's wind energy position, and Kerr received write-in votes. But the individual appearing to garner the most write-in votes was Jack Mace.

Before the election, Hutchinson resident Mace wrote a letter to The News criticizing Huelskamp and concluding: "I'm upset and I'll write in my own name. Please do the same."

They did.

Of course, veteran write-in candidates Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck drew votes.

Some voters looked heavenward. Jesus Christ received one write-in vote for Congress. More voters, though, favored him for higher office.

"God" was written in for president. On another ballot, "God the Father" was given a vice-presidential running mate: Jesus. Yet another ballot had Christ for president and "Vader" — "Star Wars"? — for vice president.

Another power ticket proposed by one voter was (Chuck) Norris/(Sylvester) Stallone.

Some voters envisioned a president such as "Lincoln," "Dwight Eisenhower," "Richard Nixon" and "Bill Clinton."

Failed Republican presidential hopefuls Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee had loyal supporters.

And one Little River Township voter wrote in for president the name of a general — David Petraeus.

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