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Can Voting for Kanye Tank an Election?

We’ve already asked if voting third party could tank an election, but this might be a whole different animal.

On Saturday, Kanye West announced that he is running for president of the United States, tweeting “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

Since the tweet, Elon Musk has shown full support to Kanye.

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To put it lightly, others are skeptical about the run. User @kjmaje warned voters that Kanye might only be trying to take votes away from Biden so that Trump can win.

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Given the unpopular nature of both Biden and Trump, another hot take arises. User @niktaylorde spelled out a potential weakness in the Biden campaign:

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The sheer amount of dislike towards both Donald Trump and Joe Biden might grant Kanye West the support he needs to have any chance at a sizable number of votes. Does the nature of this year’s election potentially give Kanye an edge on the popularity he could gather?

Whether you support his run or not, it appears that Kanye will go through a massive uphill battle to be recognized as a feasible candidate for president.

Twitter sleuths have scoured FEC registrations looking for Kanye’s name, only to find a registration under “Kanye Deez Nuts West” for the Green Party that was filed in 2015. It has raised $0. We’re not sure if this truly is Kanye. If it is, at least he’s starting somewhere.

It’s also too late for Kanye West to make it on the ballot in six states: North Carolina, Texas, New York, Maine, New Mexico, and Indiana. The deadline for seven others is approaching. If Kanye is really serious, he could still swing a spot on the ballot in November. But the chances are looking grim unless he forks out a ton of cash.

In true Kanye fashion, he’s led us to be unsure of exactly what’s going on here. Is this a publicity stunt? Or is it legit? We seriously have no clue.

The most recent independent candidate to garner sizable support was Ralph Nader, who won 2.74% of the popular vote in 2000. Could Kanye West beat this figure? What do you think?

Thumbnail via @JuiceKing5x on Twitter.
  • Does Kanye have a chance in this election?

    • Lol no this is just a publicity stunt
    • He’s got my vote!

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Written by Marina Martinez

Arizonan student at the University of Edinburgh, dog lover, desert rat, meme aficionado and coffee enthusiast.

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