U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has become the first candidate to officially announce that he'll be running for president in 2016.
Yes, despite all the chatter about Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, neither of these high profile figures has officially tossed their hat into the ring yet.
Texas Teddy beat 'em both to the punch, announcing his candidacy via Twitter early this morning.
Analysts are already suggesting that the 44-year-old doesn't stand a chance in the Republican primaries, much less a general election.
Why? Cruz has been mulling a 2016 presidential bid for quite some time, and his star has been steadily rising for years.
However, many of the same stunts that have made Cruz one of the nation's most recognizable senators have also made him one of the most polarizing figures in American politics.
Cruz first gained national attention as the main architect of the government shutdown of 2013, which is widely seen as having backfired to a degree.
In any case, he made the most of his time in the spotlight, engaging in grand acts of political theater, such as reading Green Eggs & Ham on the senate floor during a faux-filibuster that Cruz staged in order to protest Obamacare.
Just last week, Cruz made headlines for a bizarre speech in which he seemed to frighten a young girl by informing her that her "world is on fire."
Interestingly, Cruz was born in Canada, and while he can legally be elected president, his status as a foreigner is likely to disqualify him in the minds of many voters, as the so-called "birther movement" has used rumors about President Obama's birthplace to attempt to invalidate his presidency.
Wonder if Donald Trump has his people looking into Cruz.