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Twenty Pound Carp falls short in race for Ann Arbor City Council
It was a long shot.
The carp was running as a write-in candidate, and we all know how hard it can be to get voters to spell your name right (amiright, Mike Dugeon?!).
In the end, voters in Ann Arbor's 4th Ward cast 209 write-in votes. Not enough to topple the favorite John Eaton, who - as a biped - ran away with the council seat collecting 1,678 votes.
So it's back to normal life - rooting around in muck of the Huron River for the Twenty-pound Carp.
He was a gracious loser. He congratulated Eaton on his win and thanked his advisors, "Shelly the beatboxing turtle and John Quackles, the duck who served as legal counsel."
Read his speech below. (If your browser doesn't load it, read it here.)