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Hank the cat campaigns for Va. Senate

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Hank, a 9-year-old Maine Coon rescue cat from Springfield, Va., announced his candidacy in late January, running against former Virginia governors George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) on a platform of job creation and economic growth.

Hank's owner and campaign manager Matthew O’Leary, started the Hank for Senate Committee and is the human face behind the feline's campaign ads, signs and bumper stickers, according to a Fox 5 Virginia report.

O'Leary describes Hank as a conservative who has a distaste for liberal literature -- the cat has a habit of clawing O'Leary's left-wing political books. Hank is running as a write-in Independent candidate as he did when he garnered five write-in votes in his bid for the State Senate.

"America is the greatest land of all," starts Hanks first campaign ad. "A land where all people can live free, can learn, can work, and can rise up to unlimited opportunities for themselves and their families."

"We need a politician who embodies these ideals, who will work to make sure America stays the greatest land of all," the ad continues, as iconic patriotic images flash on screen. "Vote Hank for U.S. Senate."

Armed with bumper stickers, a Facebook page and 89 Twitter followers, Hank is starting to turn heads along the campaign trail. 

"Right now we need to fall back on time-tested solutions, not social theory," Hank said in a mission statement on his website. "As I've traveled throughout the Commonwealth I've seen real people with real problems, not guinea pigs for a politician's experiments."

The cat's campaign website calls for supporters to go door-to-door and make phone calls to spread the word about his run for Senate. While Hank is 52 in cat years, it is unclear if he will be able to reach the 30-year-old age requirement needed to run for U.S. Senate.

Allen and Kaine are currently their parties' front-runners in the race.

– This story was updated to reflect additional campaign details at 10:40 a.m.