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Primetime Politics: EW's presidential election kicks off with Frank Underwood

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Spacey: Netflix

In honor of President’s Day, EW is holding its own Presidential Election—featuring five equally deserving candidates from your favorite (currently airing) television shows. Every day this week, a new presidential character will join the race, complete with a slogan and a poster. We ask that you, the electorate, consider each character thoroughly before voting for your ultimate presidential pick this weekend. The winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 16—President’s Day—with a parade to follow. Not really… but they don’t care. They’re fictional.

First up: House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood

In two short seasons, Frank Underwood has already been appointed the 46th President of the United States, following a string of manipulative tactics that led to the resignation of former president Garrett Walker. Underwood’s rise to the presidency was marked by shady dealings, back-stabbing, and (spoiler alert!) literally throwing someone in front of a train for the sake of his reputation. In other words: This man has proven that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win the power of the presidency for himself. And isn’t that just what our fair nation is looking for in a leader?

As Underwood said in the final episode of season two: “Sometimes you have to sacrifice the one for the many.” Also, if you don’t vote for him, he might literally kill you.

Spacey: Netflix