The exploits of former astronaut Jose Hernandez, running for Congress in California's 10th District, enthralled national Democrats when he was recruited to take on Rep. Jeff Denham in the Central Valley. On Monday, Hernandez added to his long list of high-profile accomplishments: He carried the Olympic torch through part of southeast England on its way toward London.

Hernandez is one of some 8,000 people taking the torch on tour through the United Kingdom leading up to the July 27 opening ceremony, according to CNN.

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