Santa Claus wins mayor bid

A man named Santa Claus won his bid for mayor in the North Pole.

Santa Claus wins mayor bid

A man named Santa Claus has won his bid to become the mayor of the North Pole.

Santa, 68, won with 58 write-in votes from the town in Alaska of 2,200 people.

Despite his bid being real, Santa has become a viral sensation since announcing he was running for the position, having gained more than 300,000 likes on a post on his Facebook page.

He has thanked those who had voted for him in an updated post.

He wrote: "I'm happy to announce that I have been elected to the North Pole City Council!'

"My thanks to everyone who voted for me, the news media that covered my campaign, and all who supported my run for office via social media.

"I look forward to continuing to serve my community."

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