According to sources, Kanye West has ended his 2020 presidential campaign after failing to get enough signatures to end up on the ballot in key states like Florida.
He was polling at 2% earlier this week, which put him above all third party Candidates, and he also pulled more support from Donald Trump than Joe Biden, indicating that he may have ideological complexity.
An anonymous political operative had been approached about going to Florida on West’s behalf to gather the signatures needed to make the ballot in the state by the July 15 deadline. In order to qualify for the ballot in Florida, the rapper would need to get 132,781 voters to sign the petition in less than a week.
The deadline to get on the ballot has passed in other states including Indiana, New York, Texas, and Nevada. While a 2020 run may be out of the question, Kanye could certainly run for president in 2024, which was his original plan.
Despite their working relationship being relatively short-lived, Kramer didn’t have any negative feelings towards Kanye:
“I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye. 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.” He noted the obstacles that a first-time candidate faces, any candidate running for president for the first time goes through these hiccups.”