Kanye West to Appear on Oklahoma Presidential Election Ballot


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Rapper Kanye West has certified to seem on the poll in Oklahoma as a presidential candidate, coming a day after certainly one of his advisers stated that he's “out” of the 2020 race.

West filed a press release of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on July 15, suggesting that he will try to run.

West listed his social gathering as “BDY,” or probably “Birthday” get together. His custodian of data and treasurer is Andre Bodiford, while his financial institution or depository is the First Bank of Wyoming in Cody, Wyoming. West also listed his handle in Cody.

On that day, a public affairs officer for the Oklahoma Board of Elections told New York journal that a consultant for West registered him in Oklahoma. He also paid $35,000 to get on the poll. An Oklahoma Board of Elections spokeswoman, Misha Mohr, confirmed the development to The Associated Press.

A copy of the statement was uploaded to Oklahoma’s elections website.

West was one in every of three unbiased presidential candidates to pay the submitting payment previous to the deadline, Mohr stated. The others have been live performance pianist Jade Simmons and cryptocurrency entrepreneur Brock Pierce.

West has missed the deadline to qualify for the poll in a number of states, and it’s unclear if he’s prepared or capable of try to gather enough signatures required to qualify in others.

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Then-President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together within the lobby at Trump Tower in New York City on Dec.13, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Pictures)

West, who's married to reality television star Kim Kardashian West, initially announced his candidacy on July four. Days later, he informed Forbes journal that he, who once praised President Donald Trump and stated the 2 share “dragon power,” was “taking the purple hat off”—a reference to Trump’s trademark pink “Make America Great Again” cap.

On July 15, an adviser to the rapper, Steve Kramer, told New York journal that “he’s out” of the presidential race.

“We had overwhelming help to get him on the poll,” he stated of makes an attempt to get West on ballots in Florida and South Carolina. “I've nothing good or dangerous to say about Kanye. Everyone has their private choice about why they make selections. Operating for president needs to be one of many hardest things for someone to truly ponder at that degree,” Kramer stated.

West says he’s pro-life, pro-prayer in faculties, and anti-death penalty, including that he'll run as an unbiased. He mentioned within the interview that it might be referred to as the “Birthday Celebration.”

Trump disregarded West’s presidential aspirations in an interview final week.

“He's all the time going to be for us, and his wife goes to be for us,” Trump stated of West on Fox Information.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.