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Is Jimmy Smits really running?

There are approximately two zillion people running for president right now, so it’s no surprise that average Americans can’t recognize all of them on sight.

With Donald Trump clogging up every news cycle, many of the second-tier Republican candidates have understandably fallen off the radar. But as this Jimmy Kimmel segment proves, many people can’t even recognize supposedly well-known figures like Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton.

Kimmel sent a correspondent out onto the street to see how many people could pick presidential candidates out of a lineup of similar contenders—for example, actor Jimmy Smits playing his presidential candidate character from The West Wing. The results were far from promising.

Looks like many of these candidates need to work on their brand recognition.

Screengrab via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.

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