Sen. Munson, defeated in primary, runs in general
* Updated with Shank reaction.
Washington County Sen. Donald Munson announced yesterday that he will try to keep his seat as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 2 election.
Del. Christopher Shank toppled Munson last month in the Republican primary. But Munson, senator for two decades, isn't giving up.
"Since the primary, I have had a huge number of Republicans say to me that they simply took me for granted and didn't bother voting on primary day," Munson said this morning. "I gave it a great deal of thought, and I decided that if they have that much confidence in me, I'm going to use this one last piece of the process."
Munson said he completed the necessary paperwork yesterday and has already returned to the campaign trail.
Shank, who is otherwise unopposed in the General Election, said this afternoon that Munson is "waffling" in an attempt to "cling to power."
Munson's last-minute decision, Shank said, deprives voters of debates and forums between the two candidates.
The 72-year-old senator announced his decision last night on his Facebook page and in a Twitter posting.
"I have continuously received requests to fill out the paperwork required to allow those of you who insist on writing my name in to count," Munson wrote in a Facebook status update posted at about 8:30 p.m. "Now I need all of those who have encouraged me to show up at the polls on November 2nd and vote!!!"
At least 66 people "like" this status. Some people commented that they had already written in Munson's name when they voted early.
Shank, 38, posted his own reaction today, telling followers, "I am extremely disappointed that he would enter the race at such a late date."
The House minority whip ran against Munson on the platform that he's the more conservative of the two. Shank criticized Munson for "siding with Democrats," particularly in the budget process.
Munson is a member of the Senate budget committee and said he finds it disingenuous to oppose his own work product, though many Republicans vote against the budget every year.