New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg narrowly won reelection after spending over $100 million dollars on the race. But the most successful write-in candidate didn't spend a dime; he doesn't even exist.
Fictional billionaire Mr. Burns of "The Simpsons" got 27 out of 299 write-in votes.
Charles Montgomery Burns, better known as Mr. Burns in the hit animated TV series "The Simpsons", got the most votes of any write-in candidate during last month's mayoral election in New York City. According to records released by the New York City Board of Elections, the cartoon billionaire received 27 write-in votes out of the 299 that were cast.
Burns wasn't the only fictional character to get votes in the race. Mad Magazine icon Alfred E. Newman, Fantastic Four arch-villain Victor Von Doom, Mickey Mouse, and Sleeping Beauty also received write-in votes.
Burns did have some help. Shepard Fairey-style posters popped up around the city before the election declaring, "No Third Term, Vote For Burns."