13 celebrities who have run for office - both successfully and unsuccessfully

In today's world of politics, nothing seems impossible. 

After achieving mega success in the entertainment world, celebrities have taken a step back from their Hollywood lifestyle to tap into the world of politics.  From a famed "Saturday Night Live" comedian to an NBA legend, we bet you didn't know these A-listers once ran for office.

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Sonny and Cher are one of the most iconic music duos in the world but in the early '80s, Sonny switched gears and became the mayor of Palm Springs,CA. He eventually went on to become the Republican congressman for California's 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped away from Hollywood and served as governor of California from November 2003 to January 2011 although he had no prior political experience. 

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Controversial actress, Roseanne Barr ran for president in 2012 and shockingly made it all the way to the Green National Convention but was defeated by Jill Stein.

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NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal announced that he's planning on running for Sheriff in 2020 although he did not announce in which state. 

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"Saturday Night Live" alum Al Franken was first elected in 2008 as the United States Senate in Minnesota and later went on to win the reelection in 2014.

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The former"Sex and the City" star ran for Governor of New York in 2018 but was eventually defeated by Andrew Cuomo.

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"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken ran for the Democratic Party's candidate for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district in the 2014 midterm elections.

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Howard Stern announced his candidacy for Governor of New York under the Libertarian Party ticket, challenging Mario Cuomo for re-election in 1994.

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Wyclef Jean expressed his interest in running for president of Haiti following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. His bid for candidacy was eventually rejected because he did not meet the residency requirement of living in Haiti for five years before the election.

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In 1970, Jerry Springer unsuccessfully ran for Congress but eventually served as the 56th Mayor of Cincinnati.

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Ronald Reagan ditched his Hollywood lifestyle to dive into politics. After winning the election for governor of California, Reagan eventually became the 40th President of the United States.

Hollywood's most famous child star Shirley Temple was an outspoken Republican who unsuccessfully ran for California Congress in 1967. After extensively becoming involved in foreign services, she was named US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, and eventually went on to become Chief of Protocol of the United States.

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Donald Trump served as the host and producer of NBC's reality show "The Apprentice" from 2003-2015 and has made cameos in "Home Alone 2," "Sex and The City," "Zoolander" and more. In 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States.

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While not all of Hollywood is voicing their candidacy just yet, see which stars have expressed their vote in the 2018 midterm elections in the gallery below.

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Celebs vote in 2018 Midterm elections
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I did it. Now it’s your turn. Tuesday 11/6. #VOTE
I’m feeling grateful for everyone before me who fought so hard to give us all the right to have a voice. We can’t voice our frustrations and complain about what’s wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right. We need you. We all need each other, because when we are truly united we are unstoppable. Sending you all love and positivity on this happy voting day! Every vote counts Every race matters Everywhere.
Voted!!!!
I Voted! 🇺🇸 ✅ How about you?!
VOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTE!!! I did💛
On the off chance you forgot, #VOTE. #ElectionDay #MidtermElections2018
Every #vote counts. 🇺🇸
For all of our ancestors that fought and died and lived and survived and created everything we now have access to, I bow down in deep deep honor. We are proud to be your wildest dream and we won’t let you down!!!! Let’s keep it up we are awake, aware, growing and powerful!! #votewithus 💥💥💥 (check my story)
⬆️These two Tennessee women⬆️ voted for the candidate who has proven himself to be reasonable and trustworthy. We want leadership, not fear-based extremism. Early voting goes til Thursday and Election Day is November 6. Please don’t sit this one out.
We voted ❤️🇺🇸
It’s a right not to be taken for granted so I did it a day early and I’m gonna rock this sticker all day. #votevotevote
The antidote to Hate... VOTE your love!
What a birthday! I just smoked a huge bowl of early voting. #JustVoted @whenweallvote
I did it! Felt soooooo good. #Vote #whenweallvote #WeMatter
I. AM. A. VOTER. Proud to use my voice, and exercise my RIGHT to VOTE! @iamavoter #vote #midterms
Need a ride to the polls? We will pick you up in a party bus, give you some snacks, and let you pick the playlist. Just ask Harry & Bob 🇺🇸 #VOTE
10.15.18 Early Voted ✔️ And I’m still helping organize pals and strangers alike to get out the vote! My #votingsquad is STRONG!! How’s yours? Make a plan, talk it through, and vote together! • CONFUSED ABOUT BALLOT MEASURES!? (I know, there’s a lot!) Check out VoteSaveAmerica.com for all the facts and easy breakdowns of ballot measures in YOUR state! • Thank you to my soul sister squad @ridershop @conniebritton @mspackyetti @jsmizzie @vanessamagos @nialauryn @ruthielindsey @alextcooks @mandanadayani @abbywambach and @glennondoyle. We got boys too! @jedidiahjenkins @kennyjamez @glassofwhiskey @wakingupwithryan @princeflips @get ardocelasco and more. Like I said. My squad is serious! We really love America! #WhenWeAllVote (swipe to hear from the First Lady of Voting herself, @michelleobama!) #GOTV #VOTE #WhenWeAllVote #IAmAVoter
Thank you 14th & 19th Amendment for letting me vote today! Comment or tag yourself if you feel the same!
I voted, you?
#Vote
Lookie lookie!! #IVoted #BlueWave #MultiplyYourVote
I voted today for my baby right here and his future!!!
I voted!
Go be awesome and VOTE YOUR FRIGGIN FACE OFF!
TODAY IS THE DAY. Don’t let anything stop you from voting. Make your voice heard. Every single vote counts. #VoteOrDie
Our son was disappointed because he thought we were going to “boat” but otherwise a success! #Vote
@whenweallvote #yourvotematters #midterms #voteforyourfuture #whenweallvote #LAsFinest @gabunion #votevotevote -take a photo after you vote 🗳-tag me and use hashtag #postthevote you could be featured on my IG :)
‼️‼️‼️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💋💋💋#Vote
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ELECTION DAY EVE ~ 🌊 🗳🙏🏾✊🏾 I voted because I care deeply about representation, education, criminal justice, healthcare, truth, equity and so many other things that are at stake. If I could vote in Georgia or Florida, I’d vote for @staceyabrams or @andrewgillum! Why are you voting? Sweatshirt by @phenomenal.ly #vote #midterms
#VOTE💪🏻
I am so grateful to be home in time to vote! One vote can make a difference, so make sure your voice is heard!🗳 🇺🇸 now go out and #VOTE!!!!
You’d think I’d be all set to vote right? Here’s a little story: I had to enter my info 4 times before the state site confirmed I was registered! This is how passionate I am about using my voice and my right to vote. You have to have the patience and interest in getting to the polls tomorrow. They think young people don’t vote, latinos don’t vote, women dont vote, PROVE THEM WRONG!!! This election affects us ALL. VOTE. It’s so important that ALL of our voices are heard, not just a few... we live in a beautiful country where we all have a say!!! I urge all of you PLEASE get out there and vote, there are so many issues at stake these elections!! And they affect us all in our daily lives in some way! If you are frustrated by what you been seeing and hearing, you can change it!! You have the power!!! I HAVE A BUNCH OF VOTER INFO IN MY STORIES TO HELP YOU!! #GOVOTE #VOTA #ELECTIONEVE #VOTETUESDAY
Let your voice be heard!!!
It’s #TheLastWeekend to get out there and get involved! My absentee ballot’s in... make sure you GO VOTE on Tuesday!! Remember: NO voting booth selfies 😂 More info in bio.
Todos tenemos por lo menos una razón para votar el 6 de noviembre. Para mis amigos en Texas, yo estoy con @betoorourke! Como madre latina, sé que tengo que votar. Yo voy a votar porque mi voto es mi voz. ¿Y tú? ¿Por qué vas a votar @georgelopez? Haz tu video con tu smartphone diciendo por qué vas a votar el 6 de noviembre y compártelo. /// We ALL have at least one reason to vote on November 6. To all my fellow Texans: I stand with @betoorourke! As a Latina, I know I have to vote. I’m voting because my vote is my voice. And you? Why are you going to vote @georgelopez? Make a video with your smartphone stating why you are voting on November 6 and share it. #LatinasenMarcha #YoVoyAVotar #LatinosStandUp #MidtermsMatter
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Happy Election Day- Let's all do our part and get out and vote today! 🗳🇺🇸It's also #homebodydesignbook launch day! You can watch us this morning on the @today show during the 8 o'clock hour in your time zone.
Today’s the day. Make your voice heard and VOTE. Need a ride? Both @uber and @lyft are offering free rides to the polls! Check out their socials for details. #vote
I JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! ➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️VOTE.ORG.
November 6th is our day to say women are never going away, so get used to it.
Ok, Ladies (& gentlemen), now let’s get in formation! 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️👯‍♂️Tomorrow is Election Day! Grab your friends and vote!!!! Find your voting location at Vote.org @votedotorg
‪This is another moment to stand for Standing Rock. Native people are here, they’re resilient, and despite the laws trying to suppress them, they’re ready to vote. ‬ ‪Text 788683 to take the #StandNVote pledge. Let’s bring this home.
#votewithus
I voted early and so can you! Go to vote.org and please vote. Please. (The sticker looks janky cuz it was stuck to the backing and I had to cut it out carefully otherwise it would have ripped. A great metaphor for our democracy! Vote dammit!)
I AM GOING TO ASK YOU IF YOU VOTED TODAY AND IF YOU ALREADY DID THEN ASK EVERYONE AROUND YOU IF THEY DID BECAUSE THERE IS NO EXCUSE, I HAVE RESORTED TO SHOUTING IN ALL CAPS SO PLEASE VOTE AND I WILL STOP THE CAPS
We voted! And we agreed on this photo!
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