Ken Bone a finalist for prestigious mustache award

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As the mud flew at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's second presidential debate Sunday, the American everyman became an instant celebrity by calmly asking a question about energy policy. Bone -- even his sturdy name has been a source of amusement on social media -- had been picked to represent undecided voters at the town hall-style debate in St Louis, Missouri. His heft, poise and polite manner offered a brief but refreshing respite from the 90-minute slug-fest between the Republican and Democratic candidates. (Photo credit PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – He entered the pop culture lexicon with his appearance at the second presidential debate at Washington University and waltzed into our hearts in the following days with his Midwestern geniality.

Ken Bone has spent the last few days making the rounds on local and national media, appearing on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and ‘Fox & Friends.’ And now, the dapper, red sweater-wearing undecided voter from Belleville, Illinois has a chance to claim a national honor.

Bone was named a finalist for the American Mustache Institute’s “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year.”

Dr. Adam Paul Causgrove, chief executive officer of the American Mustache Institute, is quick to point out the award is not for the best overall mustache, but rather the individual who “best represented or contributed to the Mustached American community during the past year.”

The award, named after the late singer/entertainer, will be presented Saturday, October 29 at the Beards for Beasts IV event at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Other finalists include journalist John Stossel, The New York Times puzzle master Will Shortz, and image/brand designer Chad Holgerson (from Nixa, Missouri). You can show your support for Bone by clicking here and voting for him.

(H/T: The Huffington Post)