There's a guy running for governor in Michigan on the nerd ticket. Republican Rick Snyder's campaign to challenge incumbent Democrat Jennifer Granholm focuses on the cluster of nerd superpowers: intelligence, planning, and persistence.
This former CEO of Gateway Computer wants to institute a flat tax for corporations, which sounds good. And he says he wants to "close failing schools" in his education plank, which could be code for real school reform. Otherwise, his policy positions are pretty vague right now. But this paragraph from his bio where he claims some serious nerd cred will either make you love him or hate him:
His curious mind led him to start reading Fortune and Business Week before age 10. He began investing in the stock market in his early teens, earning enough for the down payment on his first house. He graduated from Battle Creek Lakeview High School a semester early, having already earned 25 college credits. He enrolled immediately at the University of Michigan. Not accepting the conventional wisdom that degrees take a set amount of time to earn, he was awarded his undergraduate degree (with High Distinction), his MBA (with Distinction) and his JD, all by the age of 23.