It’s official – music icon Kanye West is running for president. This week, the Oklahoma State Election Board went online to reveal Yeezy had qualified for the state’s General Election ballot.
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Kanye is officially on the presidential ballot in Oklahoma as an independent. His party is listed as BDY – the Birthday Party.
Kanye West meant what he said: Less than two weeks after tweeting that he was running for president this year, the 43-year-old rapper and designer has filed his first official paperwork about his campaign, PEOPLE confirms. A West representative filed paperwork in Oklahoma on Wednesday to qualify him to run as an independent on the November ballot, according to a spokeswoman for the state’s election board. (People)
Kanye also registered with the Federal Election Committee yesterday as well.
Kanye’s campaign team reportedly filed with the FEC yesterday as well. The publication claims that Ye’s team filed Form 1, the Statement of Organization. Form 1 declares that Yeezy’s campaign committee will act as the “Principal Campaign Committee,” with Kanye as the candidate. Additionally, Kanye’s political party is listed as BDY, which stands for Birthday Party. Despite Kanye being placed on the ballot in Oklahoma, he missed the deadline in states such as New Mexico and Texas. He said during his conversation with Forbes that he plans to use the coronavirus as a loophole to get him placed on these ballots. (XXL)
Wait, There’s More
This week, reports emerged about Kanye West possibly bowing out of running for president. The huge speculation comes just weeks after Ye announced his intent to become the head of state.
Kanye West has reportedly withdrawn from the US presidential race, less than two weeks after announcing that he would run. A member of West’s campaign team, Steve Kramer, has reportedly told New York Magazine’s Intelligencer off-shot that the rapper will no longer contest the election. “He’s out,” Kramer told Intelligencer. (NME)
Before You Go
The reports also came just a day after Kanye’s polling numbers went public. Yeezy received just two percent of the vote in a national presidential poll put together by Redfield & Wilton Strategies.
Respondents of the poll were first asked who they would vote for in November, without mentioning West’s name. In that iteration of the survey, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden led President Trump 48 percent to 40 percent, while third-party candidates Jo Jorgensen, a Libertarian, and Howie Hawkins, a member of the Green Party, each earned 1 percent support. Voters were then prompted again, the pollster told The Hill. This time, Redfield & Wilton mentioned West, asking, “If Kanye West is on the ballot in your state in the Presidential Election on 3 November 2020, for whom will you vote?” In that iteration, Biden led trump 48 percent to 39 percent, while West and Jorgensen each garnered 2 percent support. (The Hill)