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President Roseanne? Comedian Gets Thousands of Votes

By  (@alyssanewcomb)
Nov. 7, 2012

Comedian Roseanne Barr and peace activist Cindy Sheehan could have been elected president and vice president if more than 40,000 voters had had their way.

Thousands more online said they’d prefer that porn legend Ron Jeremytake the helm as leader of the free world.

While it was not known how many write-in votes Jeremy received, Barr’s candidacy on the Peace and Freedom ticket carried her to a sixth-place finish in California, where she received 36,762 votes.

In Florida, Barr and Sheehan received 7,996 votes, according to the latest tally.

“I thank the people who voted for me — most of you were first-time voters that would never have voted for Obama or for Romney,” Barr tweeted today.

The comedian, who had originally recruited country music icon Willie Nelson as her vice president before he backed out, campaigned on a platform that included the legalization of marijuana, a resource-based economy and forgiveness of student loans.

“Now we begin: holding our president’s feet to the fire. #debtrelief #peace,” she tweeted today.

Jeremy, who said he didn’t do much campaigning, knew his candidacy, much of which was fueled by Facebook and Twitter, was a long shot.

“I don’t take myself too seriously. Coming from my world it’s tough to win,” the veteran adult entertainer said.

But Jeremy gave ABCNews.com a glimpse of what would be first on the agenda in a Jeremy administration.

“The biggest thing I’d do is give tax incentives for Americans to stay in America,” he said. “We need to keep the business here.”

But over the past few months, Jeremy hit the campaign trail not for himself but for the adult film industry. Last night, much to Jeremy’s disappointment, Los Angeles County voters passed a measure that would require adult performers to wear condoms.

“It’s the final nail of the coffin for L.A. filmmakers,” he said. “It’s going to force them to go out of town.”

Even though he’s more disappointed about the Los Angeles measure than his own electoral loss, a would-be President Jeremy said he wanted to say “thank you” to his supporters.

And he had a special message for the person who came up with his innuendo-laden slogans that went viral.

“Whoever did that, I want to kiss them,” he said.