Winning by write insSubmitted by Sincerus on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 17:24
On June 12, 2008 Paul announced he was ending his Presidential campaign. Even though Paul had dropped out of the race, he was still able to garner around 50,000 write in votes!! Fifty thousand votes and he wasn't even running! Those write ins earned Paul the eighth highest popular vote total in the election and HE WASN'T EVEN RUNNING!!!
Some people casting write-in votes chose profane language instead of candidates. This is all quite funny unless you are an election official.
“What’s unfortunate is we still have to report those words as write-in votes,” Piazza said of the profanity.
Wait a minute! They have to report what is written in on the computers???!! Well, then, let's not waste this opportunity on juvenile behavior and offensive language. Put the "write in" feature to good use.
In 1928, Herbert Hoover won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary on write-ins, polling 100,279.
In 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt won the Democratic New Jersey presidential primary with 34,278 write-ins.
In 1944, Thomas Dewey won the Republican Pennsylvania presidential primary with 146,706 write-ins. He also won the Oregon Republican presidential primary with 50,001 write-ins.
In 1948, Harold Stassen won the Republican Pennsylvania presidential primary with 81,242 write-ins.
In 1952, Robert Taft won the Republican Nebraska presidential primary with 79,357 write-ins. Also in 1952, Estes Kefauver won the Democratic Pennsylvania presidential primary with 93,160 write-ins. Also in 1952, Dwight Eisenhower won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 254,898 write-ins.
In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 51,951 write-ins.
In 1960, Richard Nixon won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 53,164 write-ins. Also in 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic Pennsylvania presidential primary with 183,073 write-ins, and he won the Democratic Massachusetts presidential primary with 91,607 write-ins.
In 1964, a write-in campaign organized by supporters of former U.S. Senator and vice presidential nominee Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. won Republican primaries for President in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, defeating declared candidates Barry Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, and Margaret Chase Smith.
In 1968 in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, incumbent President Lyndon Johnson did not file, but received write-ins totaling 50% of all Democratic votes cast. Senator Eugene McCarthy, who campaigned actively against Johnson’s Vietnam war policies, was on the ballot. He received an impressive 41% of the vote and gained more delegates than the President. Johnson was so stunned that he did not run for reelection.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader ran a write-in campaign in 1992 during the New Hampshire primary for the presidential nomination of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Declaring himself the "none of the above candidate" and using the Concord Principles as his platform, Nader received 3,054 votes from Democrats and 3,258 votes from Republicans.
I will write in Ron Paul andsome will say that it is a lost cause, which I will not concede but it does remind me of Clarence Darrow’s famous line, “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.”