Kanye West 2020: The Latest on His Presidential Run
By ETonline Staff
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Kanye West's 2020 presidential campaign is still underway.
The 43-year-old rapper announced his intention to run for Oval Office on the Fourth of July, tweeting, "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION." Since that night, Ye has been making some moves, but what he'll actually do come November has become confusing to many.
Keep up with the latest developments on Kanye's presidential run below, including the state ballots that he's managed to get on.
WHAT BALLOTS HAS HE MADE IT ONTO?
With less than 100 days until the 2020 presidential election, Kanye has missed the deadline to qualify in several states. That hasn't stopped him from moving forward with his dream, however.
It appears Kanye is doing everything he can to make it onto any ballots possible, with Oklahoma being the first. The Public Information Officer of the Oklahoma State Election Board said in a statement to ET earlier this month that they "received a properly executed statement of candidacy for Kanye West, along with the appropriate filing fee in lieu of petition."
"Kanye West is now qualified as an independent candidate for President of the United States in Oklahoma and will appear on the General Election ballot," the statement continued.
Since then, Kanye has filed for the presidential election ballot in New Jersey, and has submitted signatures to appear on the General Election ballot in Missouri and Illinois.
As for New York, the Director of Public Information for the New York State Board of Elections confirmed to ET that they did not receive a petition from Kanye to run for president by their deadline -- neither in person by July 30, nor by mail filing, which they would've needed by Aug. 3. His only option now would be to run as a write-in candidate in the state.
Despite holding a rally in South Carolina earlier this month, Kanye will not appear on the state's ballot as he had hoped, as he failed to meet the state's deadline. Other states where his name won't appear on the ballot include Texas, Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico, Michigan and Indiana.
However, a spokesperson from the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office confirmed to ET on Aug. 3 that Kanye filed to run for president in Arkansas, with running mate Michelle Tidball, as an independent.
Additionally, a spokesperson for the Vermont Secretary of State's Office released a statement to ET explaining, "We have received Mr. West’s filings listing Vice Presidential candidate Michelle Tidball, but have not had an opportunity to review them thoroughly for compliance. However, on our initial review he does appear to have met the filing requirements."
The spokesperson added, "Once our staff is able to confirm that an individual has filed all requirements, our office confirms eligibility to appear on the ballot directly with the individual or campaign."
HOW SERIOUS IS HE ABOUT RUNNING?
According to Federal Election Commission Form 1, Statement of Organization, signed by Andre Bodiford, the rapper is seeking the office of president under the party "BDY." Kanye previously stated in an interview with Forbes that it stands for "Birthday Party," declaring, "Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday."
Kanye also filed a Statement of Candidacy with the FEC.
All of the paperwork was filed just days after a source told ET that Kanye was actually planning on backing out of the race. "Kanye has gone back and forth with running for president, and has stated he was running and then he was going to wait," the source said. "He changes his mind constantly, but fielded documents in case he decides to move forward."
Kanye himself has been going back and forth about whether to run in 2020, tweeting on July 21 that maybe the 2024 election would be a better fit for him.
"#2020VISION or maybe ‘24. I guess all black people supposed to vote on Biden? Y’all want me to run on nah???" he wrote.
INSIDE HIS FIRST RALLY
On Sunday, July 19, Kanye held his first rally in South Carolina. Wearing a vest with "Security" written on the front, he spoke to the crowd in Charleston about his platform and anti-abortion stance. Kanye tearfully said that he and wife Kim Kardashian West discussed the possibility of her having an abortion while she was pregnant with their first child, daughter North.
Following the event, a source told ET that Kim was "upset with Kanye for his rants ... she knows this is something North will see when she gets older and that’s heartbreaking."
The source added, “Kim, the family and Kanye’s friends are worried about him. Kanye isn’t in a good place and isn’t listening to anyone trying to talk him into getting help."
WHAT DOES KIM THINK?
Though Kim publicly supported Kanye's campaign in the beginning, a source told ET that the reality star and her family had some concerns following his recent Forbes interview.
"Kanye’s family will always support him in his endeavors but they also worry for him. Kanye has a tendency to overwork himself physically, emotionally and mentally and not take time to rest and reset," the source said. "The family is supportive of Kanye’s plan to run for president but they don't agree with [some of the points in] his recent interview."
A second source told ET earlier this month that although Kim would still support Kanye in his endeavor to run for office, she would be relieved if he doesn't end up running -- as it will take "a lot of chaos" to try to pull this off.
In just the past few weeks, following Kanye's first rally and a series of since-deleted tweets that took aim at Kim and her family, tension have arisen between the two with rumors swirling that they're headed for divorce. More on that in the video below.