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Nearly a quarter of Marco Rubio's supporters don't know what he looks like

"Who am I? How did I get here?"
"Who am I? How did I get here?"
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Dylan Matthews is a senior correspondent and head writer for Vox's Future Perfect section and has worked at Vox since 2014. He is particularly interested in global health and pandemic prevention, anti-poverty efforts, economic policy and theory, and conflicts about the right way to do philanthropy.

While Marco Rubio has been the Republican establishment's favorite presidential candidate for a while now, he's struggled to take off in either Iowa or New Hampshire. Nationwide, he's a distant third with 11 percent — more than 25 points behind Donald Trump.

Vox and Morning Consult's facial recognition poll might help explain why: Only 54 percent of American voters overall, and only 62 percent of Republican voters, could correctly identify a photo of Rubio in an online survey:

We also polled Fiorina, Santorum, Paul, and Huckabee Vox/Morning Consult, Vox/Javier Zarracina

Digging into the poll internals, Morning Consult's data team found something even more surprising: Only 76 percent of Rubio's supporters can recognize a picture of the candidate, implying that 24 percent of his fans saw a photo of him and either misidentified it as another candidate or didn't know who it was.

Maybe this doesn't matter; you don't need to know what candidates look like to vote for them, of course. But Rubio's relative obscurity among his own fans is still striking — especially compared with a candidate like Trump, who had no supporters misidentify him.

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