Kanye West ‘DROPS OUT’ of election race against Trump after failing to get backing in Florida despite 180-strong team – The Sun

KANYE West has "dropped out" of the 2020 US Presidential Election after he failed to get the backing in Florida despite a 180-strong team, according to reports. 

West had reportedly hired campaign staff who tried to get him on the ballot as a third party candidate in the key battleground state but the bid now seems over.

West was serious about running as he had hired election strategist Steve Kramer and had a team of 180 people working on the ground in Florida.

The rapper, 43, has not yet commented on the state of his campaign.

West had started to get his name on the ballot last week as a third party candidate to mount a challenge to President Donald Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival Joe Biden.

West would have needed to obtain 132,781 signatures by July 15 if he was to get on the ticket in the swing state.

"We had overwhelming support to get him on the ballot," Mr Kramer told Intelligencer.

"Whether anybody is going to vote for him or not is up to them," he added.

Staff were told that the effort to get the rapper on the ballot was over on the same day that West tweeted a picture of himself registering to vote in Wyoming.


Rapper West announced to his 29.4million Twitter followers on July 4 that he was "running for president of the United States" come the November election.

The 21-time Grammy Award winning musician has been a staunch supporter of Trump.

In a 2018 meeting with Trump at the White House, Kanye said: "I love this guy right here."

But with just four months until polling day on November 3, he surprised fans over the weekend when he announced he was running against the president and Biden.

Kanye tweeted:  "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."

"You have my full support," said billionaire pal Elon Musk.

Sceptics claimed that the rapper was intent on splitting the youth vote.

"If Kanye runs in 2020 he'd take votes away from Joe Biden," said CJ Pearson, president of youth organisation Last Hope USA.

"Young people are already unenthusiastic enough as is about Biden’s candidacy but he’d also chip away at Biden’s black support.

"Trump voters are TRUMP voters. His base remains unchanged."

The filing deadline for independent candidates had passed in the majority of states but the rapper could've appeared on the ticket in Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan and South Carolina.

The states hold a combined 61 votes in the Electoral College, enough for him affect Biden's White House bid.

Actor Eric Balfour tweeted: "Do you guys think this is all a joke?"

"That potentially pulling votes away from the only nominee who can defeat Donald Trump is cute or funny?

"This is the height of privilege, ultimately it won’t hurt you, you’re wealthy enough to survive four more years of Trump! Come the f*** on!"


It's been claimed that West was reportedly in the middle of a "serious bipolar episode" which has "impacted his decision making".

He said he was an "anti-vaxxer", has never voted and will run as a candidate for the "Birthday Party", according to an interview with Forbes.

He said he would form a government inspired by the fictional African country Wakanda featured in the Marvel movie Black Panther.

Arguably, his most controversial comment was on the subject of a Covid-19 vaccine – a virus he claims he suffered from in February.

He said he is suspicious of vaccines calling them “the mark of the beast.”

He implied that Joe Biden was taking the African-American vote for granted.

"To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy," he claimed.

Sources close to West say he is in the midst of a manic episode caused by bipolar disorder – a condition which the musician has spoken openly about in the past, according to TMZ.

The report says the father-of-four usually has a serious bout “once a year”, and claims this is what has prompted his unconventional statements in the past week.

His recent behaviour has left his family “worried” but they remain confident his condition will stabilize as it has done in the past, according to the report.

In 2016, Kanye was hospitalised after a "psychiatric emergency" which forced him to cancel 21 concert dates.

Last year, the rapper opened up to David Letterman about his diagnosis and the paranoia he faces during a serious episode.

"When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything," he said.

“Everyone – this is my experience, other people have different experiences – everyone now is an actor.“Everything’s a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you’re being recorded. You feel all these things.”

He also described being handcuffed to a bed, drugged and being separated from his family during his time in hospital.

In April last year, wife Kim Kardashian admitted her husband won't take medication but claims she knows how to handle his "episodes".


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