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Kanye West Concedes Election Defeat After Getting a Pathetic 57,000 Votes
Popular musician, Kanye West got a paltry 57,000 votes in the ongoing US Election.
As a result, the presidential candidate has conceded defeat in the US presidential election on Tuesday.
He however, hinted that he’ll mount another run for the White House in four years.
Earlier on Tuesday, West voted for himself as the next US president after a long-shot campaign marked by erratic statements and speculation that he might siphon some black votes from Democrat Joe Biden.
The rapper, who made a late entry into the presidential race in July, tweeted a string of videos on election day, showing himself filling in his ballot at a polling place in Park County, Wyoming, where he owns a ranch.
Clips posted to his Twitter page showed he had entered his name as a write in candidate along with his Vice presidential pick Michelle Tidball – after he failed to submit enough petition signatures in August to get onto the Wyoming ballot.
‘God is so good,’ the 43-year-old wrote on Twitter.
‘Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it’s for someone I truly trust…me.’
He later posted video of himself casting his vote in Cody, Wyoming, where he wrote himself in on the ballot.
West, 43, got onto the presidential ballot in a handful of states, although not in battlegrounds like Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
According to the Associated Press, West appeared on the ballot in 12 states, where thousands of people voted for him.
West’s best performance in the election was in Tennessee, where he won 10,188 votes, according to the AP tally.
In Colorado, which went for Democrat Joe Biden, West won nearly 6,000 votes.
West received a little more than 1,200 votes in Vermont, a state which Biden also won.
In Utah, 4,053 voters cast their ballots for West.
West also received thousands of votes in Arkansas (3,979); Idaho (2,309); Iowa (3,179); Kentucky (6,259); Louisiana (4,837); Minnesota (6,796); Mississippi (3,009); and Oklahoma (5,587).
He has spent recent weeks instructing followers how to vote for him as a write-in candidate elsewhere.
One of those who did not appear to be supporting his bid for the presidency was his wife, Kim Kardashian West.
She has given no public endorsements of her husband and on Tuesday she retweeted a message about voter hot lines from Democratic vice presidential contender Kamala Harris.
West, once one of Trump’s biggest celebrity supporters, launched his campaign for the White House in July with erratic statements that raised concerns over his mental health.
The 21-time Grammy Award winner said in 2018 that he suffers from bipolar disorder.
West loaned $6.7million to his campaign, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission, and in a recent video emphasized religion and family values.
Some fans suggested that it might be illegal for Kanye to take a photo and share his completed ballot.
But there is no Wyoming law against ballot selfies, according to Vox – however judges of elections are allowed to ‘preserve order at the polls by any necessary and suitable means’.
In 2016, Donald Trump’s son Eric quickly deleted a tweet showing he had voted for his dad, after finding out that ballot photos are illegal in New York.
West’s vote for himself came after he encouraged his fans to enter his name as a write-in candidate in states where he does not appear on the ballot.
He failed to meet the deadlines needed to get on ballots in all 50 states. He is an official presidential candidate in just 12 US states.
He is also a write-in candidate in five states including Alabama, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Rhode Island and is listed as a vice presidential candidate alongside American Independent party presidential nominee Rocky De La Fuente in California.
This comes as ABC announced the rapper will appear on the first post-election day episode of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday night.