Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t running for president and has repeatedly shot down rumors that his yearlong 50-state tour—on which he’s visited oil rigs, rodeos, assembly lines and candy shops—is anything more than an attempt to break out of his “Silicon Valley bubble” and meet his constituents face to face. But it sure smells like the beginning of presidential campaign, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest we’ll start seeing “Zuck 2020” stickers in our near future.
Wired recently laid out the case, citing Zuckerberg’s hiring of Barack Obama’s personal photographer; the appointment of a former Hillary Clinton pollster to consult for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and unsealed court docs that give Zuckerberg voting control at Facebook should he happen to serve in a government position. Insert thinking face emoji here.
While it remains to be seen whether or not the 33-year-old billionaire will actually make a bid for the White House, Americans are already considering the move. According to bookmaker Paddy Power, Zuckerberg’s odds of winning the 2020 Election just jumped from 25/1 to 16/1, placing him ahead of other theoretical (and increasingly farfetched) competitors like Joe Biden (18/1), Bernie Sanders (20/1), Mark Cuban (25/1), Al Franken (33/1), Steve Bannon (50/1), Ivanka Trump (80/1), Kanye West (125/1), Chelsea Clinton (150/1), Vince McMahon (200/1), James Comey (200/1) and Beyonce (200/1). What a time to be alive.
But Zuckerberg only has the fifth-best odds of capturing the presidency, per Paddy Power. Donald Trump, predictably, is the frontrunner at 5/2, followed by Mike Pence (15/2), Elizabeth Warren (15/2), and Michelle Obama (14/1). It’s important to note that Zuckerberg shares the same odds as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, another popular would-be candidate who probably won’t run, because that’s insane, but then again, so is “President Donald Trump" and “Senator Kid Rock,” so fuck it, right?
If you don’t trust Vegas, perhaps you’ll put more stock in the American people. Public Policy Polling surveyed 836 registered voters last month and found that Zuckerberg would tie Trump in the presidential election, with each candidate earning a 40 percent score. Surprisingly, the poll also found that Zuckerberg isn’t that well known on the national scale yet, with 47 percent of voters saying they had no opinion about him.
In that case, better visit more candy shops, Mark.