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Kanye West files ‘Kanye 2020’ presidential doc; qualifies for Oklahoma state ballot

Kanye West might be running for president after all

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Kanye West performs with Kid Cudi at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Indio, Calif.

Kanye West performs with Kid Cudi at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Indio, Calif.

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Kanye West has filed a document with the Federal Election Commission Thursday, a sign he is planning to run for president in the 2020 election, Fox News reports.

What’s happening?

  • According to Fox News, West filed a statement of candidacy document. It lists his party as “BDY,” which is a reference to the “Birthday Party” (something West mentioned in his interview with Forbes).
  • The document was filed the day after West filed a statement of organization into the FEC. This is a way for candidates to register for raising and spending money.
  • An FEC spokesperson told Fox News that the statement of candidacy “is filed once an individual has triggered candidacy status, meaning West has raised more than $5,000 through campaign activity.”
  • On Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Election Board tweeted that West qualified to run and appear on the ballot within the state:
  • “Independent presidential candidate Kanye West has qualified for the general election ballot in Oklahoma. (Today is Oklahoma’s deadline for independent and unrecognized Party presidential candidates to file statements of candidacy with their petitions or filing fee.)”

But did Kanye West drop out?

  • West reportedly dropped out of the 2020 presidential race about two weeks after he announced plans to run, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.
  • “He’s out,” adviser Steve Kramer told New York Magazine’s The Intelligencer.
  • West originally announced he planned to run for president on July 4 in a tweet.
  • “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!” he wrote.