Jim Gilmore was once the governor of the state of Virginia. He was also the chairman of the Republican National Committee. And in case you didn't know -- and there's a good chance you didn't -- he is running for president in 2016.
Unfortunately for Gilmore, past titles have not translated to future votes in either Iowa or New Hampshire. After getting 12 votes in the Iowa caucuses, he redoubled his efforts and actually campaigned in New Hampshire.
The result? He's gotten 129 votes so far -- just 0.1 percent.
Perhaps more striking is the cast of random guys (and they were all guys), perennial candidates and others he finished behind
Among those who got more votes than Gilmore on Tuesday:
- Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul, who all dropped out of the race after Iowa (Gilmore is beating George Pataki, Lindsey Graham and Bobby Jindal)
- Richard Witz, a 73-year-old retired school custodian who happened to find himself between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush on the ballot
- Andy Martin, a perennial candidate with, well, an interesting track record
Joe Robinson of Boston said coal emissions are cleaner than those from any other energy source, and rolling back Environmental Protection Agency regulations could help solve unemployment and terrorism."
"We have to create honest employment with middle-class wages,” he said later.
If you include the Democratic side, Gilmore finished with fewer votes than:
- Former candidate Martin O'Malley, who dropped out after Iowa
- David Thistle, identified as BuzzFeed as "A man from New Hampshire"
- Vermin Supreme, the perennial New Hampshire Democratic candidate who wears a boot on his head (okay, this one is understandable; the man is an icon)