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Send in the Clowns? A Barnum & Bailey Vet Is Running for Congress in South Carolina

Steve Lough's campaign slogan is "Aim high! Vote Lough!"



    K9, SWAT or Undercover?
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    This file photo shows circus clown Steve Lough demonstrating his laugh at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus's clown auditions at the Fleet Center in Boston. Lough is trying to have the last laugh as he runs for Congress in 2018 as a Democrat in a Republican district in South Carolina.

    A clown is running for Congress. That's not a joke.

    Steve Lough is wearing his red nose with pride, appearing in clown makeup on his campaign website as he runs against four others in South Carolina's Democratic primary for the seat held by GOP Rep. Ralph Norman.

    Lough was a professional clown with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Now The State newspaper reports that he's for reforming gun laws and providing universal access to health care.

    Lough is a native of Camden, South Carolina, and a graduate of both Dartmouth and the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He also volunteered for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.

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    His website is, and his campaign slogan is "Aim high! Vote Lough!"