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Eat your heart out, Ralph Nader: A vigorous campaign is underway to elect General Sherman, the giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park, as the country's national tree. The tree's platform includes being 2,100 years old, the largest living tree in the world, and having a hole big enough to fit a car through. A California native, the tree has gained the support of local politicians: Says Senator John Burton (D-San Francisco), "The Giant Sequoia is the oldest, biggest, and the only one you can drive through." But, the sequoia is facing some stiff competition from twenty other candidates, such as birch, pine, and oak trees. The polls--found on the National Arbor Day Foundation Web site--will close on April 27, after which the results will be made available to members of Congress, who will then officially designate the winner as the national tree. And with just a few more years until the next presidential election, looks like we could have another solid green candidate in the making.

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