In 1968, activist party the Yippies nominated Pigasus for U.S. President, with the promise that, if elected, he'd let the people eat him. Sadly, Pigasus lost when the people realized they could probably eat him anyway.
Colossus was a gorilla at Benson's Wild Animal Farm in New Hampshire. In 1980, Benson's attempted to get Colossus on the ballot for the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary, but the Republicans wouldn't allow it. Probably because Ronald Reagan was afraid of some serious competition.
Cacareco, a rhino at theSão Paulo Zoo in Brazil, ran for city council in 1958 to protest political corruption. His candidacy was not accepted, but he still received 100,000 votes, more than any other political party that election. That's right, he even beat out all those hungry, hungry hippos.
Dustin is a puppet that starred on Ireland TV's The Den from 1989-2010. In 1997, he ran for president of Ireland (using the name Dustin Hoffman). He reportedly came in fourth, so even though he was not an official candidate, he still managed to gobble up some votes.
In 1989, after residents of Whangamomona, New Zealand were upset that redistricting placed the town in another region, they protested by declaring themselves the Republic of Whangamomona. While not an actual country, they still elected a president. From 1989-1999, the president was a person, but in 1999 they elected this goat, who reportedly won after eating the other candidates ballots.So if he caused your candidate to lose, Billy Gumboot can also be your scapegoat.
In 1988, theBrazilian Banana Party namedTião the chimp as a candidate for mayor of Rio de Janeiro.Tião lost but reportedly received 400,000 votes and was immortalized with this statue. So we'll never know ifTião would be as good a leader as the great president from the 2001 Planet of the Apes, Ape-raham Lincoln.
In 2006, Hungarian street artist Szeged started the Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party, and presented a fictional two-tailed dog named István Nagy as a candidate. If Nagy had won, it would have been a real case of the two tails wagging the dog.