"She is an official write-in candidate," Jake Glance, spokesman for the secretary of state's office, said of the comedienne's filing. "I think hers came in on the last day."
Also running for president is an Incline Vig, Nev., resident whose legal name is Santa Claus. Formerly known as Thomas O'Connor before his name change in 2005, Claus also was certified in 2008, and will receive any write-in votes that are cast in his name, either intentionally or facetiously.
The list of presidential hopefuls also includes two West Virginians, Robert Brown of Summersville and Cam Ray Lemley of Core.
Write-ins also include two candidates for the U.S. Senate: Sheirl Fletcher of Morgantown, who lost to Sen. Joe Manchin in the 2010 and 2012 Democratic primaries, as well as Jeff Becker of Terra Alta.
Meanwhile, among the three write-in candidates for governor are two semi-familiar names: Phil Hudok of Huttonsville, a frequent Constitution Party candidate, and Frankie Rocchetti of Crumpler, who ran for governor in 1996.
Rocchetti distinguished himself from a large field of fringe candidates in that Democratic primary when, during a statewide televised debate, he proposed a solution to the solid waste landfill issues of the era: A device he'd invented to grind up garbage and pump it into state forests.
Other write-in candidates for statewide office are: Barbara Lynn Spurlock of Huntington, for governor; John Klayton Miller of Fort Ashby, for auditor; and Carl Waggoner of White Sulphur Springs, and Betty Quintana of Blacksville, for agriculture commissioner.
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