Forget the ballot box, it is the litter box which is making headlines now the race to the White House is over after a cat finished third in the Virginia Senate battle.
Hank the cat, challenging former Virginia Governors George Allenn and Tim Kaine, took in over 6,000 votes and is believed to have been a write-in candidate.
The federal feline had been running as a spoof on the modern election process at Hank For Senate and received extensive coverage in major American publications.
Hank was not without his policies though, with King5.com reporting that he was running on the platform that focused on ‘Animal Rescue, Spay & Neuter programs, and Positive Campaign Reform’.
After being rescued from an animal shelter, over $16,000 was raised towards and election campaign by animal rescue groups – with all money going to charity.
Hank said in a statement: “With your incredible generosity and constant support, we have literally saved hundreds of lives - we have given countless critters another chance, innumerable families have added a new member to their clan, and many of us had our faith restored in the potential for positive change in our political system that overflows with negativity and greed.
“As a citizen of Virginia, I feel it is now my duty to redouble my efforts to make sure Senator-elect Kaine is willing to sign my Animal Rescue Pledge, and I hope you will join me in making sure animals aren’t ignored or forgotten.”
The US Senate elections too place on the same day as the US Presidential election, which saw Barack Obama re-elected.