The election of Tim Hanke has been deemed the greatest upset in USCF Election history. Nobody supported him. Everybody assumed that he would finish last, and thus he was not taken seriously as a candidate. His campaign was anti-establishment. For example, he called one chess personality "a murderer".
The election was a setback for kingmaker Bill Goichberg, who had supported Schultz, Wagner and Petersen for election. Many had predicted that Wagner would finish first. Only one of Goichberg's picks got elected, whereas in the 2001 election, all four of Goichberg's candidates had been elected.
This was the first election under OMOV, or One Member One Vote. A total of 1822 votes were cast, more than triple of any previous election.
The election campaign was mild, compared to previous years. Only one "hit" or attack letter was sent out. That was sent by Jim Eade, attacking Sam Sloan. Sam Sloan pointed out that Jim Eade, Al Lawrence, Bill Goichberg, John Fernandez, Bruce Draney, George John, Stan Booz, Neil Brennen, Tom Klem, and Richard Peterson had attacked him relentously. Also, all of the other candidates, with the exception of Tim Hanke, had powerful backers, so his fifth place finish was not bad under the circumstances.
There were 161 votes for write-in candidate Steve Doyle. A total of 94 others received write-in votes.
|Region||Don Schultz||Sam Sloan||Tim Hanke||Joe Wagner||Beatriz Marinello||Mikel Petersen||Region I: New England||61||48||83||36||60||42||Region II: NY, NJ||120||91||178||98||208||84||Region III: DC, DF, MD, PA, VA, WV||96||79||114||88||137||75||Region IV: FL, GA, NC, SC||146||87||70||89||97||75||Region V: IN, MI, OH||64||54||62||48||75||41||Region VI: MN, ND, SD, WI||27||22||36||23||44||30||Region VII: IA, IL, MO, NE||47||35||62||41||69||41||Region VIII: AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, TN||55||41||51||47||64||37||Region IX: CO, KS, UT, WY||38||22||34||30||48||23||Region X: NM, OK, TX||57||47||40||41||47||37||Region XI: AZ, CA/N, CA/S, HI, NV||111||95||108||129||123||69||Region XII: AK, ID, MT, OR, WA||42||30||45||31||32||28||APO Addresses||3||2||3||3||3||1||TOTAL||867||653||886||704||1007||598|