Kanye West Received 60,000 Votes In His Run For U.S. President Across 12 Different States
Talk about a waste.
As the election edged closer to an end on Wednesday, rapper Kanye West finally threw in the towel and conceded a loss in his presidential run tweeting “WELP KANYE 2024” shortly after midnight. After a long night of waiting, the “Mercy” rapper tallied in a little over 60,000 votes for president of the United States. This is after being featured on the ballot in 12 states and bringing in millions of dollars (of which were primarily his own) to the campaign.
As of 10:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, West’s exact count was 60,761.
According to Associated Press News, Kanye’s updated state-by-state count is below.
By 10:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, with the exceptions of Colorado, Utah, Mississippi and Vermont, the states in question had above 90% of votes counted. Colorado, Utah, Mississippi and Vermont had only all above 70% counted.
By midnight of the election, West’s name was trending on Twitter after he revealed that this would be his first time voting.
Kanye, who ran as an independent, received at least 60,000 votes from Americans. According to Deadline, “a few states were still under 80% reported as of this writing, our count puts him at 59,781 total votes. Thus, it’s a pretty good guess he’ll go over 60,000 by the time all states are fully counted.”
When it comes to states, West pulled in most votes from Tennessee, where he brought in a total of 10,188 votes. “While the rap mogul did rank 4th in some state races, his percentage of the vote was never more than .04%,” Deadline reports.
Soon after Joe Biden made his election night speech, Kanye tweeted his concession.
WELP KANYE 2024 🕊 pic.twitter.com/tJOZcxdArb
— ye (@kanyewest) November 4, 2020
According to The New York Times, West voted in Wyoming where he owns a ranch and has spent much of his time in quarantine. MarketWatch reports that West asked voters in California to write his name on their ballots but he reportedly missed the filing deadline to be a write-in candidate in the state.
According to the Federal Election Commission, the rapper raised $11.5 million for his campaign through mid-October. A little over ten million of those donations were loans made by West to his own campaign.
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