Deez Nuts is the 2016 presidential candidate who became media sensation overnight. On Wednesday when a Public Policy Polling poll saw Deez Nuts win 9 percent of the North Carolina votes, coming in third behind Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Internet exploded.
Nuts is running as an independent and has also won the backing of 8 percent of likely voters in Minnesota and seven percent in in Iowa, the poll found.
But Deez Nuts isn't your average candidate. And despite his surge in the poll, he won't actually run in the election.
Why? Because Deez Nuts is a 15-year-old farm boy from Iowa whose real name is Brady Olson.
Olson filed paper with the Federal Election Commission under the name known as a track on Dr. Dre's critically acclaimed album The Chronic.
The teenager told The Daily Beast that he was inspired by Limberbutt McCubbins, the cat from Kentucky running for president.
But Deez Nuts, or Olson, has a legitimate (though flimsy) platform that leans Libertarian. He said he is running because he wants to break the country's two-party system and dissatisfaction with the front-runners.
"I really didn't want to see Clinton, [Jeb] Bush or Trump in the White House," he told Rolling Stone, "so I guess I'm just trying to put up a fight."
How did he manage to get into the poll?
Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, said that he added Deez Nuts to the poll because "the name makes people laugh and it's a long presidential election."
Olson's parents knew that he registered as a presidential candidate. But when the family started getting calls from national news outlets about Deez Nuts, his father became concerned.
But Olson can't run for president, anyway. He's 20 years away from the age limit to be president (35) and he has to go back to school.
"School's starting back up," he told the New York Times. "And I still have to sort this out."
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