Fred Karger, the gay Jewish Republican presidential candidate the Forward profiled last week, had a bit of a rough time in the New Hampshire primaries last night.
Karger, whose slogan is “Fred Who?”, garnered 346 votes, good for about .1% of the GOP vote.
He did have a dogfight with former candidate Michele Bachmann, whose name remained on the ballot even though she quit the race last week.
After swapping positions with Bachmann all night long, he wound up just three votes behind her, with all 301 precincts reporting.
For a little perspective, Karger trailed the last place top-tier candidate Rick Santorum, who won 23,085 votes.
Karger did beat onetime frontrunner Herman Cain, who earned only 155 votes.
Karger also earned fewer than half as many votes as Vermin Supreme, a candidate in New Hampshire for the Democratic presidential nomination, who appeared at a recent local debate wearing a boot hat.
Attempts to reach Karger on Wednesday morning were unsuccessful.
Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.