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Kirby, Kanye and Jesus: Who Gwinnett voters wrote in for governor

More than 150 Gwinnett County voters decided that neither Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp or Ted Metz should get their vote for governor this year. Instead, those voters chose their own write-in candidates, ranging from cartoon characters and celebrities to defeated primary candidates and people who actually mounted real write-in campaigns. 

The most popular write-in candidate was ... nobody. Twenty-one voters wrote some variation of “nobody,” “anybody else” or “someone else.” A far second was Jesus Christ, with seven votes.

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Here is a selection of the 141 people, characters and entities written in as gubernatorial candidates on Gwinnett County voters’ ballots:

Actual write-in candidates

• Bobby Waldrep (four votes)

• Bobby Williams (three voters)

• Larry Odom (one vote)

Politicians and government officials

• State Rep. Brooks Coleman, who represented a Gwinnett County district and did not run for re-election this year

• Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who ran in the Republican gubernatorial primary and lost to Gov.-elect Brian Kemp in the runoff

• Clay Tippins, a businessman who ran in the Republican gubernatorial primary

• Chuck Warbington, Lawrenceville city manager

• State Rep. Clay Cox, who represents a Gwinnett County district

• State Sen. David Shafer, senate president pro tempore and former candidate for lieutenant governor

• Former State Sen. Hunter Hill, who ran in the Republican gubernatorial primary

• U.S. President George Washington, who died in 1799

• Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

• U.S. Rep. John Lewis

• Former U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died in August

•  State Sen. Michael Williams, who ran in the Republican gubernatorial primary

• Gov. Nathan Deal

• U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who narrowly won re-election in the 7th District, which includes Gwinnett

• State Rep. Stacey Evans, who ran in the Democratic gubernatorial primary

• U.S. President Donald Trump

• Former Gov. Zell Miller, who died in March


• Kirby Smart, head football coach at the University of Georgia

• William Jackson III, cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals


• Fred Rogers (that’s Mr. Rogers to you)

• Idris Elba, sexiest man alive

• Joe Rogan, comedian

• Kanye West, rapper

• Taylor Swift, singer

Prominent Atlantans

• Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Catholic Archdiocese Atlanta

• Billy Payne, former chairman of Augusta National and former CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games

• Clark Howard, consumer adviser and TV personality

Fictional characters

• Donald Duck

• Mickey Mouse

• Smokey the Bear

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