Has Kanye West dropped out of the presidential race?

A day after various media outlets and members of his campaign staff said thatKanye West dropped his presidential bid, the rapper took some steps that made those earlier reports seem incorrect. 

He filed a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Thursday (July 16), a day after a Statement of Organization was submitted with West’s name on it. He also paid $35,000 to the state of Oklahoma to get his name on the November ballot and according to the state, he is “qualified as an independent candidate for President of the United States in Oklahoma.” 

West’s family has gone on record stating concern that he was suffering a bipolar episode but, according to TMZ, believed that “things will stabilize as they have in the past.” 

Kanye West drops out of presidential race

Just eight days after announcing that he was running for president, Kanye West dropped out of the race. Steve Kramer, a member of West’s campaign team told New York Magazine’s Intelligencer that “He’s out.” West missed the voter registration deadline in six states, which hampered his presidential bid significantly. A poll of registered voters revealed Tuesday (June 14), that West had the support of just 2% of those polled. 

Kanye West announces presidential bid

Are you ready for first lady Kim Kardashian? Rapper Kanye West has thrown his hat into the presidential election, after announcing Saturday his intention to run for the office of President of the United States. West, a fan of current president Donald Trump plans to take on Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden

West 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 🇺🇸! #2020VISION” He was soon supported by Elon Musk who tweeted “You have my full support!”

The rapper will have a difficult time achieving his goal because he made his announcement to appear on many states’ ballots for the November general election, meaning that he will have to be written in by voters. 

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