President Socrates? At least one New Yorker hopes so
Who is Chuck Baldwin?
More New Yorkers voted for him in the November presidential elections than for Michael Bloomberg, Rudolph Giuliani or Bill Clinton.
Baldwin, a conservative radio host and columnist who was the Constitution Partys presidential nominee, received 69 write-in votes, behind only Hillary Clinton with 304 and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) with 193, according to uncertified results provided by the New York City Board of Elections.
Baldwin did better than Socrates, who got one vote; out-polled Joe the Plumber, who also got one; and even bested Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Vladmir Putin, who each got one.
Bloomberg, who reportedly flirted with the idea of running for the White House, got 34 votes, while Giuliani got nine. Both scored better at the ballot box than Jesus, whose three votes were tied with God or YHWH.So, who are these people who make lonely protests (None of the Above scored one vote), try out their humor (My Cat Ginger, one vote) or show off their erudition (Antonin Artaud, one vote for the French avant-garde playwright)?
Almost always, write-ins are limited to scattered idiosyncratic episodes where individuals evidently are making a personal statement, said Bob Erikson, a political science professor at Columbia University.
He said organized write-in campaigns sometimes have an impact, noting that in 1964, the winner of the New Hampshire Republican primary was write-in candidate Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
A spokesman for Baldwin, who did not campaign in the city and decided not to spend the money it would have taken to get on the ballot, said he got about 600 votes statewide.
I was a little disappointed that it wasnt more, said Gary Odom, Baldwins campaign coordinator.