Bad news for 9 percent of likely voters in North Carolina: Their preferred presidential candidate isn't qualified to run for office.
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.
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 survey of North Carolina released Wednesday showed that in a race with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE and Republican leader Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE, Deez Nuts would garner 9 percent support.
The poll also found that 6 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.
After a candidate raises $5,000, he or she must fill out forms with legal names and legit contact information.
“The next step is to get some party nominations, like the Minnesota Independence Party or the Modern Whig Party,” Olson told the Daily Beast. “It would also be great to find a VP, preferably McCubbins because the Nuts/McCubbins ticket sounds amazing.”