Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:36

Column: Voters made some odd choices in 2018 election

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Every time an election rolls around, we’re encouraged to get out and vote.

This year, as just about every election year in the past 20 years, we were told this was “the most important election” of our time.

Let’s take a look at some of the candidates who won this all-important election.


Dennis Hof, a Nevada brothel owner and Republican candidate won against his Democratic challenger with 68 percent of the vote. Aside from the irony of a pimp running on the ticket of a political party that espouses family values, Hof was found dead two weeks prior to the election by porn legend Ron Jeremy.

That’s right, a dead Republican pimp was elected to the state legislature.

Air Force veteran Denver Riggleman, who wrote a book called "The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him," won a congressional race in Virginia, despite his opponent claiming he was into Bigfoot erotica.

Graves County Kentucky Sheriff Dewayne Redmon, who was scheduled to appear in court the day after Election Day on charges related to allegedly taking hyrdocodone from the drop box at the sheriff’s office for personal use, won his race against six write-in candidates.

But he wasn’t the only candidate facing criminal charges elected.

Californina Rep. Duncan Hunter, New York Rep. Chris Collins and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, all facing fraud charges, each on their respective races.

It gets better.

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, from Missouri City, Texas, won his election from a jail cell.

Reynolds, a personal injury lawyer, is currently serving a one-year sentence for illegally soliciting clients.

Although he didn’t win, Nazi running as a Republican in Cook County, Illinois garnered 25 of the vote in a congressional race.

According to USA Today, 56,000 people voted for Arthur Jones, despite the GOP urging against it.

Jones is a former member of the American National Socialist Workers Party and a Holocaust denier.

The late, great H.L. Mencken described democracy as “a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance” and “the worship of jackals by jackasses.”

Looking at these election results, he wasn’t wrong.