Cat loses senate bid, wins for rescues

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Hank, the Virginia cat who ran for his state’s senate seat, may have lost his election campaign Nov. 6, but he achieved a record-breaking number of write-in votes.  According to Hank’s Facebook page, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, the Maine Coon garnered 6,832 votes, making him the third most popular candidate in his state.  While he fell behind Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine, who eventually won the seat, Hank’s campaign manager Matthew O’Leary is pleased with the result of Hank’s work in this campaign.  The now-famous feline not only received national and international acclaim, but also generated over $16,000 in contributions, all of which will go to animal rescue organizations.