Nick Saban was a popular candidate, kind of.
Earlier month a special election was held in Alabama to fill the state’s U.S. Senate seat. The election took a sour turn when sexual misconduct allegations were levied against Republican candidate Roy Moore.
The controversy led to a victory for Democratic candidate Doug Jones, who won the race by nearly 21,000 votes.
This is where the story gets interesting.
During the course of the election, there were 21,000 write-in votes, where a voter pledged allegiance to a candidate not on the ballot. While Alabama Senator Luther Strange, who lost to Roy Moore in the Republican primary, received the largest portion of write-in votes, there were a few interesting names on the list.
Two college football coaches made the list alongside Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and even Kermit the Frog.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban received 264 write-in votes, the seventh-most of any write-in candidate, according to a recent tally by al.com. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron also received a handful of votes.
It looks like Saban’s four titles with the Crimson Tide could catapult the coach into a successful political life.