US election 2016
A poll in North Carolina suggests voters would consider Independent Deez Nuts.Twitter/@fightingtyranny

US presidential candidate Deez Nuts is gaining ground behind Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton after polling 9% in North Carolina. According to results released Wednesday (19 August) by Public Policy Polling, Deez Nuts also gained 8% in Minnesota and 7% in Iowa where, according to the polls, "Trump leads Clinton 40/38 when he's in the mix".

In a Federal Election Commission filing signed 26 July, Deez Nuts announced he would seek the US presidency as an independent, declaring he would not spend a single dollar of his own money in the effort.

Federal Election Commission filing
Statement of candidacy for Deez Nuts.Screenshot/FEC

If the filing is anything to go by, Deez Nuts lives on a sparsely populated county highway in Iowa. However, the Daily Beast has tracked down the young man who originally filed the FEC paperwork: 15-year-old Brady Olson who goes to high school in Graettinger, Iowa.

"The next step is to get some party nominations, like the Minnesota Independence Party or the Modern Whig Party," Olson told the online publication.

Jim Williams, an issue-polling specialist a Public Policy Polling, told the publication that he thought it would be "funny" to run the fictional candidate against the frontrunners after Olson approached the pollster via email. The fact that the candidate is even pulling in any numbers at all, Williams said, indicates there's clearly "some kind of floor here for third-party entities that's rising".