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Too Many Presidential Candidates?

November 10, 2015

There are more than a dozen candidates running for the GOP nominations, and half a dozen running for the Democratic nominations. Think that’s a lot? In all, more than 1,220 people filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee, declaring their intention to run for president. Here are a few of them.

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  • Remember the oddly dancing “Left Shark” from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show? Left Shark is running for president as an independent.
  • Ben Carson isn’t the only doctor in the race. “Doctor Pepper” is running for the American Independent Party nomination.
  • Trippycup AKA the Prophet AKA Earl is apparently running to represent the Federalist Party, which hasn’t been a major force in American politics since the 1790s.
  • Cape Guy is affiliated with the Alaskan Independence Party, although he lists his address as a bar in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The Marijuana Party’s candidate: Thomas Keister.
  • The D.C. Statehood Green Party is a left-wing party that wants full statehood for Washington, D.C. They presumably also want cookies, because one of its candidates is somebody named ‘Murican Cookies.
  • It’s probably not their real name, but “Forrest Gump” is running on a Democratic ticket.
  • Another fictional character in the running: Independent candidate Dwight K. Schrute—he’s the character portrayed by Rainn Wilson on The Office.
  • Republicans have an “R” by their name on the ballot, but Kevin Deame has an “argh”—he’s running for president for the Pirate Party.
  • Harry the MLG Wizard Ultra MC Potter is running…and so is Hairy Jay-MZ MC Pawter of Gryffindor is running.
  • Vermin Supreme is back. Yes, he’s run before. In 2012, this performance artist who wears a rubber boot as a hat came in third in the New Hampshire primary (in which President Obama ran for his party’s candidacy virtually unopposed).
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