Hank the cat came in third place during Virginia's Senate race

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While the nation was focused on the heated race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Tuesday night (Nov. 6), few people were likely aware that an even more intense election story was going on in Virginia. Hank the cat, a Maine Coon currently residing in Springfield, Va. with his family, was making a valiant effort for the Virginia Senate seat, and ended up placing third with 6,000 votes.

Yes, you read that right. Six thousand people in Virginia wrote in a cat as the candidate they wanted to take their seat in Congress. Democrat Timothy M. Kaine ended up winning the seat with 1.9 million votes, beating Republican George F. Allen's 1.7 million votes, but imagine how pissed both candidates would have been if this politically-minded Maine Coon had actually swayed the election?

Since it didn't have any negative effects on the Virginia Senate race, I think we can all sit back and happily respect what a hilarious story this actually is. Hank has been running for Senate since last winter and surged to popularity thanks to coverage from The Washington Post and the campaign pledge he wrote for the Huffington Post. This entire endeavor was an attempt to satirize the modern election process, but it's fair to say that Hank picked up quite a few supporters. He even ended up raising $15,000 in donations (as of October) for animal rescue groups throughout his home state.

Maybe you can be convinced by Hank's story too. Here's a short history of Hank's life, courtesy of his website. Hank 4 Prez, 2016!

From the very first day, Hank has been a fighter. Born to a single mother living on the streets, Hank, his mother, and his siblings were taken to an animal shelter and sat on death row. Shortly before their execution, Hank and the rest of his family were saved by an animal rescue group called Animal Allies. Hank was adopted to a loving family, and was raised by his adopted brother Sammy.

Being from the streets and having nothing, Hank learned the value of hard work. Putting himself through school while working, Hank was simply too stubborn and driven to let his disadvantages dictate his future. After graduating with honors, Hank quickly entered the business world and brought himself up to start and run a number of successful local companies.

Hank's story and dedication have inspired all who know him, and he realized that his ideas and unique life experiences could help his community, his state, and his country. After much encouragement, Hank decided to enter the race for US Senate.

Hank is a refreshing candidate - energetic, inspiring, and real. Unlike so many others, he wasn't born with a "silver spoon" - but rather earned his success and his name through hard work. He knows what it's like to have very little, and knows that with hard work and dedication anyone can seize the opportunities that this great nation presents all of us.

Hank knows that the key to a better America and a brighter future is the creation of jobs - jobs that will improve a street, a town, a state, and the nation. These time-tested ideas and Hank's energy and determination make him the best candidate for the job, and have brought millions of Virginians from frustrated voters to energized campaigners.

Photo/Video credit: Hank for Senate website
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