According to CBS News, Nuts officially filed with the Federal Election Commission for his candidacy on Sunday. Off to a quick start, Nuts is already he is polling at 9 percent of likely voters in North Carolina, putting him in third place in a Republican presidential race that already has 17 major candidates, reports Public Policy Polling.
He is also polling at 8 percent in Minnesota and 7 percent in Iowa.
On Wednesday afternoon, The Daily Beast reported the brains behind the fake candidate was a 15-year-old boy from rural Iowa. His father, Mark Olson, confirmed via Twitter that Deez Nuts was his son, Brady.
“When I heard about the Limberbutt McCubbins story, I realized I could,” Brady Olson told The Daily Beast in reference to another fake candidate. “The next step is to get some party nominations, like the Minnesota Independence Party or the Modern Whig Party. It would also be great to find a VP, preferably McCubbins because the Nuts/McCubbins ticket sounds amazing.”
Although Nuts, who is running as an independent, isn’t likely to win the presidential race, it might just say something about the state of American politics and the levels of annoyance and apathy the voters feel toward the current crop of candidates that he is polling so well.
When Rolling Stone asked Olson how far he was going to take this presidential run, he responded, “As far as America wants to take it.”