Kanye West‘s run to become the next President of the United States during the 2020 election cycle could reportedly be coming to an end per New York Magazine’s Intelligencer. His efforts to do so were legitimate, as the billionaire rapper, producer and designer took steps towards getting his name on the ballot in key southern battleground states like Florida and South Carolina.
Kanye earned only 2% of the vote in a national presidential poll conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies. Over 2000 respondents were first asked who they would be voting for in November without mention of West’s name.
Per an Intelligencer source, Kanye filled out paid positions on a preliminary campaign staff offering $5000 USD per week to help him get the signatures needed to make the Florida ballot by the July 15 deadline. “We had overwhelming support to get him on the ballot,” Kramer stated in the interview. “Whether anybody is going to vote for him or not is up to them… They got a lot of people who they’ve got both on their volunteer side and their contracted side.” Then the writer of the piece, Ben Jacobs waited. He continued:
This all seemed real enough, and I reached out to West’s publicist for a response. The initial response was to loop in another spokesperson on the email. West’s team then went dark. As I waited for a response, I followed up with Kramer who told me, “He’s out.” I asked what happened. “I’ll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled. We had over 180 people out there today.”
After West missed Nevada’s deadline Kramer closed by saying, “I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye. Everyone has their personal decision about why they make decisions. Running for president has to be one of the hardest things for someone to actually contemplate at that level… any candidate running for president for the first time goes through these hiccups.”
While Kanye’s aspirations to become the next U.S. President are very real, his ability to legitimately run for office won’t be happening in 2020 due to crucial missed deadlines. Whether he’ll continue campaigning remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more updates on the story.