Kanye West Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race, Campaign Official Says
Rapper missed ballot deadline in some states but election strategist says bid was serious
Kanye West has reportedly dropped out of the 2020 presidential race after missing the ballot deadlines in several states, according to a campaign official.
West's election strategist says the rapper has bowed out less than two weeks after announcing his bid for the White House on July 4th.
The strategist, Steve Kramer, insists that West's bid was serious, however, saying he hired a campaign team of over 180 staffers who were working around the clock to get their candidate on ballots.
According to the Intelligencer, West hired campaign staff who were looking into getting his name on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina as a third-party candidate before the July deadline, but the team has now reportedly been told the bid is off.
Kramer reportedly told the publication on Wednesday that "he’s out."
43-year-old West has not publicly commented on whether his run for the presidency is continuing.
"I’ll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled," Kramer initially told Intelligencer when the Florida campaign came to an end.
"We had over 180 people out there today."
"I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye," he later added.
"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."
Campaign professionals told the Intelligencer that West had started attempts to get his name on the ballot as a third-party candidate last week to mount a challenge against President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
One source said they had been approached to go to Florida to collect the signatures needed to make the ballot in the state by Wednesday's deadline.
To appear on the ballot in the Sunshine State in November, West would need 132,781 signatures by July 15.
Kramer also added that he believed West's campaign team were "working over weekend there, formalizing the FEC and other things that they’ve got to do when you have a lot of corporate lawyers involved."
He said they had "overwhelming support to get him on the ballot" and that "whether anybody is going to vote for him or not is up to them."
"Any candidate running for president for the first time goes through these hiccups," Kramer said.
He later told the Intelligencer that the staff was told the drive to get on the ballot was over, on the same day that West tweeted a picture of himself registering to vote in Wyoming.
"I want to show you how I just registered to vote," West had said.
West announced he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day, on July 4.
The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day by revealing his plans on Twitter, tweeting: "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future.
"I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION."
He named Michelle Tidball, 57, as his running mate ahead of the 2020 election.
Tidball hails from Cody, Wyoming - the same town where West owns a $14 million ranch - but she has scrubbed clean her web presence in recent days.
However, internet archives reveal a glimpse into the mind of the elusive "Biblical life coach," who reportedly ran the website Yarash.org.
The site is currently "under construction," but TMZ accessed one archived page featuring a biography of Tidball, which describes her journey to religious enlightenment.
Tidball was reportedly visited by God when she was just six months old and on the brink of death.
Among other things, the famed rapper said in the Fores interview he believes vaccines are "the mark of the beast" and that "Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work."