Kanye West has admitted defeat in his quest to become President in the 2020 US Election but, fear not, the rapper has already confirmed that he will run once more in four years time.
The musician turned business mogul turned Presidential candidate officially put an end to his campaign shortly after midnight local time, posting an image of a map of the United States with locations shaded in according to those that have already been won by fellow candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden — challengers who had put him out of the running. The caption that West applied to accompany the image simply said ‘WELP’.
West does look to be planning on returning to the running in the 2024 election as he also stated the name of the year in his caption. Despite his expected loss, Kanye did manage to win some 50,000 votes as 4.30am, 10,000 of which were secured in Tennessee.
He somehow managed to beat candidates from the Constitution Party, The Green Party and the Socialism and Liberation Party in the Southern state. However, he was 19,000 votes behind his closest competitor which was The Libertarian Party’s Jo Jorgensen.
West first announced his grand plan to run for the US presidency in July, when he stated on social media, “We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!” along with the hashtag #2020VISION.
However, his campaign has been blighted with controversy after a lawsuit was filed by a number of Democrats in Virginia who claimed that West used invalid electors in order to get on the presidential ballot in the state — which has now been concurred with a lawsuit that says 11 of West’s 13 electors in Virginia “were obtained by improper, fraudulent and/or misleading means”.
The news came after two signed affidavits were submitted to the State Board of Elections by voters who claim they were fraudulently deceived into signing up to serve as electors, a plot for West to get on the Virginia ballot. Furthermore, another woman also alleged that she was asked to give a vote for West under false pretences.
The rapper was also banned from running as a candidate in both Wisconsin and Wyoming due to submitting late paperwork and signatures. On top of that, he was not on the ballots in Ohio as well as his home state of Illinois.