Earlier this 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.
Nick Saban through his career
Nick Saban through his career
Louisiana State University head coach Nick Saban celebrates as his players hold the national championship trophy after the Tigers' 21-14 win over the University of Oklahoma in the Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, January 4, 2004. REUTERS/Marc Serota JLS
The Miami Dolphins' new coach Nick Saban talks during a press conference at the Dolphins training center in Davie, Florida, January 4, 2005. Saban is one of the most successful collegiate coaches over last five years. REUTERS/Carlos Barria CB/SV
Miami Dolphins new head coach Nick Saban watches his team run drills on the first day of camp in Davie, Florida, July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Marc Serota MS/LA
Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban argues a call during a game against the Atlanta Falcons in Miami, Florida, November 6, 2005. Atlanta defeated Miami 17-10. REUTERS/Marc Serota
Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban argues a call against the New England Patriots in Miami, Florida November 13, 2005.The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 23-16.REUTERS/Marc Serota
Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban (C) watches as Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (R) intercepts a pass meant for Miami receiver Chris Chamber (84) in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 7, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES)
University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban takes the field as he returns to Tiger Stadium to take on Louisiana State University during their NCAA football game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana November 8, 2008. Saban is the former head coach of LSU. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES)
University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban poses with Heisman Memorial Trophy award winner running back Mark Ingram (R) at a news conference in New York December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama coach Nick Saban throws during team practice for the BCS Championship NCAA college football game in Costa Mesa, California January 4, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban directs his team against the LSU Tigers during the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans, January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban (C) watches Josh Chapman hold up the trophy after their team defeated the LSU Tigers during the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban points upwards after his team defeated the Georgia Bulldogs during the NCAA SEC college football championship in Atlanta, Georgia, December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks during media day for the 2013 BCS National Championship NCAA football game in Miami, Florida January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
University of Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban stands next to the Coaches' Trophy after his team beat Notre Dame in the NCAA college football 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game during a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida January 8, 2013. This is Saban's fourth title and third at Alabama. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban on the field prior to the 2015 Sugar Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after winning the 2015 SEC Championship Game against the Florida Gators at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 29-15. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) dunks head coach Nick Saban with Gatorade after the game against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Alabama won 45-40. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; President Barack Obama holds an honorary game ball presented by Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban (left) during a ceremony honoring the 2015 national champion Crimson Tide in the East Room at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters
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Nov 4, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban holds up two fingers on the field against the LSU Tigers during the forth quarter quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
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