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Democratic Donkey

Animal Politics: Familiar with Republican elephant and Democratic donkey?

WASHINGTON: Do not be surprise if you see an elephant and a donkey as symbols for the Republicans and the Democrats in political cartoons because the two animals represent them in the United States. The question is, why? A Republican elephant was first used like this by an Illinois publication during Abraham Lincoln's 1860 election campaign – most probably as a symbol of strength, however it is still debated. Later, it was made popular after a man called Thomas Nast - who was also a Republican - drew it in a…