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Successful write-in candidates

Published On: Apr 29 2014 05:38:21 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2014 07:42:04 PM EDT

It's not easy to win an election as a write-in candidate, but it can be done.

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In September 1954, incumbent U.S. Senator Burnet R. Maybank died while running unopposed for re-election. A replacement candidate from a rival faction of the Democratic Party was selected by party leaders so Thurmond, the former governor and 1948 States Rights Party presidential candidate, ran as a write-in and served in the Senate until 2003.

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