Arizona is the site of one of the most-watched races in the country — as Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally are battling to fill Sen. Jeff Flake‘s (R-AZ) soon-to-be-vacated seat. But on a recent trip to the state, the Jimmy Kimmel Live crew managed to get unwitting voters to declare that they had cast their ballots not for Sinema or McSally, but for people who don’t even exist.
In a sequence which aired Thursday night, Kimmel’s crew chatted with voters at the Arizona State Fair. They asked each interviewee which candidate they had selected. The gambit? Instead of actual candidates, the Kimmel staff named classic TV characters and entertainers.
“Are you voting for Republican Stephanie Tanner, or Democrat Nell Carter?” The Kimmel staffer asked.
“Tanner,” the voter replied.
Stephanie Tanner, for those unaware, is a character from the ’90s ABC sitcom Full House, not a candidate for political office. The Kimmel crew member pressed for details.
“What do you like most about Stephanie Tanner?”
The voter answered: “Her policies, and her ideas on how to run the department.”
“Cut. It. Out!” The Kimmel team member said — invoking a classic Full House catchphrase.
Other fictional matchups on which the Kimmel crew got voters to pick a side; Dorothy Zvornak vs. Blanche Devereaux in a battle of the Golden Girls, Cliff Clavin vs. Sam Malone in an all-Cheers contest, and Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes vs. Veep’s Selina Meyer — with both characters, of course, having been played by Julia-Louis Dreyfus.