From Elliot Smilowitz, The Hill
Bad news for nine percent of likely voters in North Carolina: Their preferred presidential candidate doesn’t exist.
The candidate called Deez Nuts — who has filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for president — is actually a 15-year-old from Iowa named Brady Olson, according to the Daily Beast.
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The high school sophomore said he was inspired by news that Limberbutt McCubbins — a Kentucky cat — had filed paperwork for run for president.
Deez Nuts became a social media phenomenon after a Public Policy Polling poll of North Carolina released Wednesday showed that in a race with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and Republican leader Donald Trump, Deez Nuts would garner nine percent support.
The poll also found that six percent of North Carolina voters had a favorable opinion of Deez Nuts, with 13 percent unfavorable and 81 percent not sure.
Olson filed the FEC paperwork in late July. Anyone can fill out a statement of candidacy, and the information included is not checked against public records, the Daily Beast reported.