Mutt turns mayor in small town Minnesota
CORMORANT, Minn. - Elections can be a real zoo, and a small town in western Minnesota proved it especially true.
There was excitement in the air Saturday for the 6th Annual Cormorant Daze.
Classic cars, charcoal grilling and chainsaw carvings bring hundreds to the small Minnesota town.
But the top dog on Saturday was none other than Duke.
What's so special about this 9-year-old Great Pyrenees?
He's no mutt; he's the mayor.
"He's the only dog that's been elected mayor in America," said Becky Ulven of Cormorant.
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 re-election bid Saturday, 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 of 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.
There were no dark horses this election, just one fluffy dog, as Duke fetched the most votes by far.
His landslide victory may land him in the doghouse.
"Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie," said Rick.
His first act after being re-elected? A nice victory pet.
But tomorrow it's work as usual.
"He's pretty busy working at the farm," said Nelson.
Life as mayor can be pretty ruff.
No word yet on any of Duke's plans after his new term expires.
Some of the barkers backers say if he keeps it up, the White House may need a doggy door.