Kanye West Qualifies as Presidential Candidate in Utah


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Kanye West attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Event held at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park throughout New York Trend Week in New York on Sept. 7, 2018. (Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY—Rapper Kanye West has certified to seem on Utah’s ballot this November as an unaffiliated presidential candidate, an elections official stated Monday.

State Elections Director Justin Lee stated his office has verified that West’s campaign gathered the required 1,000 signatures from registered voters required to seem on the ballot.

West, who once backed Republican President Donald Trump, announced final month that he had broken with Trump and would launch his personal presidential bid. His campaign filed paperwork on July 15 with the Federal Election Fee.

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In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photograph, Kanye West attends the WSJ. Journal 2019 Innovator Awards at the Museum of Trendy Artwork in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

West has up to now certified in a number of states including Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. His effort to get on the poll has been challenged in Wisconsin.

By Sophia Eppolito