The dream is over — for now. Kanye West, Grammy Award-winning musician, fashion designer, and Kim Kardashian’s husband will not add President of the United States to his resume. Well, not yet at least.
The rapper announced his concession on Twitter, but he included a big announcement.
That’s right. He’s doing it again. Yeezy has his eyes set on 2024 now, giving him time to perhaps file the paperwork on time to get on that ballot. He was only included in 12 state contests this election because he missed the filing deadlines.
And as much of a joke most people considered West’s candidacy, people still voted for him. A lot of people actually. He earned nearly 60,000 votes in the 12 contests he was in, Deadline reports.
In Arkansas, he got 3,979 votes; Colorado, 6,127; Idaho, 2,309; Iowa, 3,179; Louisiana, 4,837; Minnesota, 6,796; Mississippi, 3,009; Oklahoma, 5,587; Tennessee, 10,188; and in Utah, he got 4,053 votes, according to the preliminary tallies, Deadline said.
According to a Federal Election Commission filing, West raised $11.5 million. Though he loaned about $10.3 million of that to his own campaign.
What West stands for is hard to pin down.
According to the New York Times:
Mr. West has a bare-bones platform, focusing on general objectives like reforming the police, reducing household and student loan debt, and “restoring prayer in the classroom,” with each point reinforced by a bit of scripture. In discussions, the topic he brought up most was his opposition to abortion. He does not, however, want to ban abortion.
Perhaps he’ll flesh out his platform by 2024.
Kanye West Casts Ballot for Person He Trusts Most
Kanye West didn’t get involved in politics until later in life. In fact, he claims the first ballot he ever cast was on Tuesday. The independent wrote in his own name.
West shared a video of his ballot being scanned
“The first vote of my life. We are here to serve. We pray for every servant leader in the world,” West tweeted.
The rapper and presidential candidate, meanwhile, documented the experience. He was seen sporting an “I Voted” sticker on his blue sweatshirt later.