Charles Darwin scored some 4,000 write-in votes against Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) after the congressman’s comments that evolution and the big bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
Broun ran unopposed for the seat he’s occupied since 2007.
“God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior,” Broun, a physician, said at a late September banquet at a Baptist church.
“You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says,” continued Broun, a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Jim Leebens-Mack, a University of Georgia plant biologist, started a “Darwin for Congress” Facebook campaign in response.
Write-in candidates won’t be detailed until the secretary of state issues certified election results.
Athens-Clarke County, though, released a list of its write-ins to local media Thursday morning. “I can’t ever remember seeing a (write-in ballot) report that long,” said Athens-Clarke County Elections Supervisor Gail Schrader, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Also receiving votes were “Anybody but Broun” and “Bill Nye, the Science Guy.”