Kanye West’s 2020 presidential bid is on life support.
Three more states denied Ye placement on their ballots ahead of the November vote, over the weekend. The artist failed to make the ballot in Ohio, Wisconsin and his home state Illinois. Needless to say, all of the lights are flashing red on Kanye’s electoral Rust Belt strategy
The Ohio secretary of state’s office says the artist did not qualify after claiming many of the signatures on his petition were fake. The Chicago native also didn’t have enough valid signatures by Illinois’ deadline, even after officials changed the requirement from 25,000 to 2,500 signatures. In Wisconsin, he just missed the deadline.
West is still on the ballot in five states including Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont. Six others remain pending for further verification (Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia).
According to a July “Redfiled & Wilton Strategies” survey, Kanye holds just a 2% national approval rating among likely voters. The artist has chosen to buck traditional political parties and run on the “Birthday Party” ticket.
Ye’s political messaging strategy could be described as an entrepreneur’s cross country journey to enjoy Chik-fil-A sandwiches with Steve Harvey, perform ‘Sunday Service’ shows in Wyoming and remind everyone Kristen Dunst has an incredible smile.
West also seems to be currying political advice from current White House advisers. The New York Times reported earlier this month, the artist and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met in Colorado to talk. He confirmed speaking with the president's son-in-law, tweeting, "I’m willing to do a live interview with the New York Time (sic) about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr Claude (sic) Anderson’s book Powernomics."