Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to officially announce he would run for President in the 2016 race, kicking off his candidacy in front of a crowd of students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Readers interested in Cruz’s run can visit his official campaign website at — not, dot org. That’s because someone else owns, and has been using it to voice support for President Barack Obama. screenshot

Cruz’s misfortune in website domains is due to an Arizona attorney also named Ted Cruz buying the domain back in 2004 to advertise real estate, according to Mother Jones. Here’s what the website looked like back in 2008.

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But somewhere along the line, Cruz decided his uniquely lucrative domain should be used for a more political purpose. Slightly less damaging but equally unpresidential, redirects to a website that endlessly cycles through four landscape photos, with no indication of any purpose for the site.

Although Cruz has some of the funnier URL redirects associated with his campaign ( redirects to, for example), he’s hardly alone. is the personal website of a web programmer with the same name from Milwaukee. Friends of Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, had to deal with several websites that were already claimed by domain squatters. These websites are similarly poor representations of two potential Presidential candidates, though neither site take a direct shot like does.

So should Cruz be worried? Not really. Most people no longer navigate directly to websites, preferring to use search or social to find information. If you Google, it shows results for first.

And according to audience measurement company Quantcast (per the Washington Post), is ranked the 2,156th most-visited website in the U.S. currently, while is ranked 618,938th. As soon as the news cycle ends, that sub-600,000 ranking will likely dip even lower.