Rapper Kanye West has certified to seem on the ballot in Oklahoma as a presidential candidate, coming a day after one among 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” celebration. His custodian of data and treasurer is Andre Bodiford, whereas his financial institution or depository is the First Financial institution of Wyoming in Cody, Wyoming. West also listed his tackle in Cody.
On that day, a public affairs officer for the Oklahoma Board of Elections told New York magazine that a representative for West registered him in Oklahoma. He also paid $35,000 to get on the ballot. An Oklahoma Board of Elections spokeswoman, Misha Mohr, confirmed the event to The Related Press.
A copy of the statement was uploaded to Oklahoma’s elections website.
West was considered one of three unbiased presidential candidates to pay the filing charge 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 several states, and it’s unclear if he’s prepared or capable of try to acquire sufficient signatures required to qualify in others.
West, who's married to reality television star Kim Kardashian West, initially announced his candidacy on July 4. Days later, he advised Forbes journal that he, who as soon as praised President Donald Trump and stated the 2 share “dragon power,” was “taking the purple hat off”—a reference to Trump’s trademark purple “Make America Great Once more” cap.
On July 15, an adviser to the rapper, Steve Kramer, told New York magazine that “he’s out” of the presidential race.
“We had overwhelming help to get him on the ballot,” he stated of attempts to get West on ballots in Florida and South Carolina. “I have nothing good or dangerous to say about Kanye. Everyone has their private determination about why they make selections. Operating for president needs to be one of the hardest issues for somebody 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 will run as an unbiased. He talked about within the interview that it might be referred to as the “Birthday Social gathering.”
Trump disregarded West’s presidential aspirations in an interview last week.
“He is all the time going to be for us, and his wife goes to be for us,” Trump stated of West on Fox News.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.