While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue to run neck and neck in hypothetical polls, a new candidate has emerged, and could threaten to derail the race.
At least until his eligibility is called into question.
The presidential campaign of Deez Nuts, the name under which 15-year-old Iowan Brady Olson is running, has been steadily gaining steam in the polls. An independent candidate, Nuts is currently polling at 9 percent in North Carolina in a hypothetical three-person election against the two leading major-party candidates. Numbers released by Public Policy Polling (PPP) show that support for Nuts is rising, with the teenager having previously seen 7 percent support in his home state of Iowa and 8 percent in Minnesota in polls over the last two weeks.
Nuts has a diverse range of positions appealing to both the left and right of the political spectrum.
According to his campaign website, he is for the immediate deportation of all illegal immigrants and barring them from U.S. citizenship. He favors gay marriage, thinks elected officials’ pay should be cut in half until the economy recovers and the deficit is narrowed, and backs an end to America’s role as the world’s watchdog. He also supports the Iran nuclear deal and wants to give residents of U.S. territories the right to vote in presidential elections. If elected, he would also move give all five American territories and Washington one seat each with full voting rights in the U.S. House instead of their current non-voting delegates.
He also backs corporate tax cuts to create jobs and wants to remove oil subsidies while offering tax incentives to companies and individuals for implementing green technologies and renewable energy sources.
But despite his strong number, leading all independents, Nuts is still not seen favorably by many. Only 6 percent of voters ranked him favorably, while 13 percent viewed him unfavorably, and 81 percent were ‘not sure’ how highly they rank Nuts.
Olson, the boy behind Deez Nuts, is still 20 years short of being eligible to take up the presidency, which requires the post to be held by an individual who is at least 35 years old. Olson’s "professional name" is rooted in the title of the 1992 Dr. Dre song "Deeez Nuuuts."
Some of the odd names in the race for president in 2016 include Sydney’s Voluptuous Buttocks, Bailey D Dog (both independents), President Emperor Caesar and Limberbutt McCubbins (both Democrats). All of them are ineligible to take office as they fail to meet certain constitutional requirements.
At the same time, at least four Republicans that do meet all constitutional requirements -- Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Mike Huckabee -- trail Nuts.
PPP has held some odd polls in the past, including the approval rating of God and whether hipsters should pay special taxes for being annoying.