It turns out that Nick Saban can’t get enough votes to tip an election in Alabama – at least not while he’s still coaching. However, in the state’s hotly contested U.S. Senate election this month, Saban outpolled a wide range of sports, entertainment and political figures who were among myriad names listed in a final tally published Thursday. In certifying Democrat Doug Jones’s victory over Republican Roy Moore, the Alabama State Canvassing Board posted a county-by-county list of write-in vote recipients on the website of the Alabama secretary of state’s office. The aggregated, state-wide totals for each recipient of write-in votes were not published, but a tabulation by USA TODAY Sports found Saban with at least 421 votes, not including votes for “Nick Sabin,” “Nick Sabion” or other spellings of his name. (The write-in tallies are quite literal.) That means Saban ended up with about 2% of the 22,852 write-in votes recorded – but only a fraction of a percentage point of the nearly 1.35 million votes cast overall. Jones ended by beating Moore by 21,924 votes. Nevertheless, in a number of Alabama’s 67 counties, Saban outpolled, among others, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose seat was being filled through this election. For example, in Mobile County, Saban got 41 votes and Sessions got 40. In Tuscaloosa County, where the University of Alabama’s main campus is located, Saban got 43 votes to Sessions’ 21.
Nick Saban received over 400 votes in Alabama Senate race
USA Today | Dec 30