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Duke Nukem actor turned down gig for top GOP presidential candidate (correction)

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Correction: Although St. John wrote about "the Republican party's leading candidate for president," he told The Verge that he "should have written 'a leading GOP candidate for president.' " St. John said he wasn't necessarily talking about Donald Trump, who is the leader in the Republican field; he may have meant to refer to Ted Cruz instead. We've edited the article below to reflect this.

We've since reached out to the Cruz campaign as well as the Trump campaign, and will update this article with any information we receive.

Original story: If you were to ponder Duke Nukem's political affiliation, you would probably think of him — a foul-mouthed, gun-toting caricature of a red-blooded American hero — as leaning to the right. But the man behind the character is a different story: Jon St. John, the longtime voice of Duke Nukem, said in a Facebook post today that he turned down an offer to provide voice-over for an ad campaign for a leading Republican presidential candidate.

St. John did not mention anybody by name, referring only to "the Republican party's leading candidate for president." As of yesterday, Jan. 12, Trump still held a double-digit lead over his fellow Republican presidential candidates, according to a CBS/New York Times poll. However, St. John clarified to The Verge that "it might have been Trump or [Ted] Cruz."

I don't like to turn down jobs...especially when it's a national ad campaign that pays pretty well. But I have a...

Posted by Jon St John on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

St. John added that he is doing voice-over work for a new game today. His career as Duke Nukem began with 1996's Duke Nukem 3D and continued all the way through 2011's Duke Nukem Forever. St. John's voice-over resume also includes roles in games such as Guild Wars 2, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dota 2.

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