It emerged yesterday that Kanye West had pulled out of the presidential race but, at the last moment, he paid the $35,000 fee to get on the Oklahoma ballot.
A member of West’s campaign team, Steve Kramer, allegedly detailed to the Intelligencer, a side project of the New York Magazine, that West had decided to stop his efforts to become the president. But was this all a ploy?
“He’s out,” Kramer told the magazine. While not revealing any specific reasoning about his decision to step back, Kramer added that he’d “let [Intelligencer] know what I know once I get all our stuff cancelled.”
However, AP reports that West has filed his application and will be on the Oklahoma presidential ballot. It was the first state in which he qualified to be on the ballot. A rep for West paid the $35,000 filing on the last day he was eligible to file, he joins pianist Jade Simmons and cryptocurrency entrepreneur Brock Pierce as independent candidates who have paid the filing fee.
Earlier this week, Redfield & Wilton Strategies polled 2,000 registered voters in the U.S. and only 2% of voters said that they would vote for Kanye. Joe Biden leads the pack with 48%, with Donald Trump in second with 40%. When West is included in the poll, Trump’s number dips to 39% while Biden’s remains the same.
In a previous conversation with Forbes about his political plans, West said: “When the conversation turned to his proposed Presidential run, God just gave me the clarity and said it’s time,” as an explanation for his decision. “You know I was out there, ended up in the hospital, people were calling me crazy. I’m not crazy.”