Kanye West's short-lived run for the presidency this year is likely over because he announced his candidacy far too late to get on most major ballots. However, this was just a warm-up run for the controversial rapper and entrepreneur who has expressed interest in running in 2024 as well, where he will have a much better chance of officially entering the race.
When Kanye announced that he would be running for president, he also announced that his running mate would be a Wyoming preacher named Michelle Tidball. However, this was not the only choice he had. Kanye was reportedly approached by his in-law Caitlyn Jenner, who asked if she could be his vice president. Kanye West is Jenner's son-in-law, and while it is not clear what his answer was, it may be possible to see Jenner in the West administration someday.
Caitlyn Jenner Says She Wants to Be Kanye West's Vice President https://t.co/y8GV7o1k3G
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 17, 2020
In the past week, there have been numerous conflicting reports about the status of West's candidacy. Members of West's campaign staff reportedly told the Intelligencer that he would be stepping out of the election.
On Tuesday, July 14th, West campaign representative Steve Kramer, “He’s out. I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye… Any candidate running for president for the first time goes through these hiccups.”
Kramer said that the staff was told the race to get on the ballot was over on the same day that West shared a picture of himself registering to vote in Wyoming. However, other reports have surfaced suggesting that West is actually making progress at getting on ballots.
Despite the confusion over the status of his candidacy, West will make it on the presidential ballot in Oklahoma because he spent enough money in campaign activity to qualify. Oklahoma requires a '$35,000 fee to run as an independent candidate,' which the state's election committee confirmed West had completed before the deadline.
West also filled out both Federal Election Commission forms required to run for president. The State Election Board in Oklahoma received a notarized document on Wednesday from West's campaign declaring his candidacy for president as an independent. Still, even if he does manage to become an official candidate, he is still too late to secure ballot access in every single state, which would make it physically impossible for him to have any chance against the main contenders.
He has already missed the deadline to file as an independent candidate in a number of key states including North Carolina, which passed on March 3, Texas, which passed on May 11, New York, which passed on May 26, Maine, which passed on June 1, New Mexico, which passed on June 25, and Indiana, which passed on June 30). although, it’s not too late for him to appear on the ballot in some other states, but many others, such as Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Colorado, Missouri, and Oklahoma have deadlines coming this month.
A recent US presidential poll suggested that West would gain less than two percent of the national votes if he were to run against President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.