No surprise there, of course.
The only write-in I can remember that succeeded was that of Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest B. Hare in 1973.
Homeowners for Hare put on a good campaign, which was opposed by the local Republican Party Establishment.
The Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee held a caucus that looked like a primary election. Polling places in Crystal Lake, Cary and Algonquin, as I remember.
All the ballots were brought to Crystal Lake Central High School for counting, which was not completed until maybe 3 AM.
The margin was close.
When Hare asked the judges if they thought the results were correct, he didn’t get a resounding “Yes.”
No recount was allowed and incumbent Hare ran a write-in campaign.
He posted an overwhelming victory, probably in the 2-1 range.
Joe Rosner, who put forth his name so Democrat Jack Franks would not run opponent-free, refused to take campaign contributions, so his exposure to potential voters was limited.
Still there were 1,001 write-in votes.
Under the relatively new election rules, votes for only registered write-in candidates can be counted.
Rosner received 296 of the 1,001 write-in votes cast.
Others were cast for 2010 Franks’ opponent John O’Neill, even though he was urging people to write-in Rosner.