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Duke may be the most popular politician in America, winning re-election for a landmark third time in a landslide.
What’s his secret? Probably the fact that he’s a dog, and everyone loves dogs.
In a vote held over the weekend, the 9-year-old Great Pyrenees won his third consecutive term as mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota. Voters paid $1 each to cast ballots in the election, which was held during the annual “Cormorant Daze” festival.
“Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie,” David Rick, Duke’s owner, told local ABC station WDAY.
In the dog-eat-dog political scene of Cormorant, Duke is the alpha.
"Three years ago, it happened by accident, it was a write in vote. You pay a dollar and you can vote," said David Rick, Duke's Owner.
Now at the end of his second term, locals say the hairy honcho has one of the highest approval ratings in the country.
Duke dug for a few extra votes before his reelection bid today, but most political experts agree he's got a leg up on the competition.
"I don't know who would run against him, because he's done such great things for the community," said Karen Nelson, Cormorant.
Duke was too busy with last minute campaigning for an interview, but his media people say the incumbent is more than ready for a third term.
His first act after being re-elected? A nice victory pet.