Thousands vote in US election for dead gorilla

The US Presidential Elections may have dominated headlines for months now, but for a select few, the complex voting process remains a joke.

Amid the Twitter meltdown that ensued after the news of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, was leading by a clear margin, there was one name in particular that seemed to pop up over and over again on the microblogging site.

Harambe, the male gorilla that hit the headlines earlier this year after being shot and killed in his Cincinnati Zoo enclosure in order to save the life of a young boy who fell into the gorilla’s habitat.

By around 1:00am ET, the dead gorilla had racked up more than 11,000 write-in votes for the presidency on election night.


In what seems to be the umpteenth time since his death in May this year, the 17-year-old male western lowland gorilla  found his name being dragged into yet another Twitter storm.

The surprise write-in candidate sparked a flurry of reactions. While some Twitter-users outraged about how voting for Harambe was an insult to democracy, others took a dig at the US elections as a whole.


As well as over 11,000 votes for the famous gorilla, recent polls have also shown over six thousand votes for Hennessy – a brand of Cognac.


While the surprise write-in candidate may seem humorous to some, others are distraught at the results. Many of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s losing states could have been swung by just a fraction of the 11,000 votes.


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