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Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes against Georgia congressman

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  • Charles Darwin

      Charles Darwin

  • Paul Broun

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Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. -- Charles Darwin earned almost 4,000 write-in votes against a Georgia congressman who denounced evolution and other scientific theories as "lies straight from the pit of hell."

The symbolic votes in Athens-Clarke County were a small percentage of more than 209,000 votes won by Republican Rep. Paul Broun in his unopposed re-election Tuesday.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that write-in totals weren't immediately available for the other 24 counties in his district.

Broun gave a speech to a church group on Sept. 27 lambasting evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory. Critics urged voters to write in the 19th-century British naturalist who is considered the father of evolution.

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