Kanye West Gets 60,000 Votes Across 12 States In U.S. Presidential Race

While TV networks were laser focused on the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, a good number of social media users were focused on another candidate: Kanye West.

West’s name was trending on Twitter after the hip-hop superstar made a series of posts to his account chronicling what he said was the first time he had ever voted in his life. Kanye, being Kanye, he cast his ballot for himself, of course.

It’s safe to say at least 60,000 Americans voted for West, who ran as an Independent. While 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.

Kanye’s biggest haul was in Tennessee, where he garnered 10,188 votes. While the rap mogul did rank 4th in some state races, his percentage of the vote was never over .04%.

About the time that Joe Biden made his election night speech, Kanye tweeted what seemed to be both a concession and an announcement writing, “Welp Kanye 2024.”

West personally voted in Wyoming where, according to the New York Times, he has a ranch and spends much of his time. A video he posted to social media shows he wrote in his own name on the ballot there. The vote will not accrue to West unless he files additional paperwork, however.

Wyoming secretary of state spokeswoman Monique Meese told MarketWatch that the state counts such ballots as generic write-in votes unless the candidate wins or unless they file paperwork and pay a fee to the state. According to Meese, there had been no such filing as of late Tuesday.

Candidate Kanye was on the ballot in a dozen states, however.

Here is how he fared in each, with vote counts according to the Associated Press:

Arkansas: 4040
Colorado: 6,127
Idaho: 3092
Iowa: 3,197
Kentucky: 6,259
Louisiana: 4,894
Minnesota: 7654
Mississippi: 3,117
Oklahoma: 5,590
Tennessee: 10,195
Utah: 4,311
Vermont: 1,255

According to MarketWatch, West asked voters to write in his name in California. But West reportedly again missed the filing deadline to be a write-in candidate in in the state.

Bizarrely, the American Independent Party put him on the ballot as its vice presidential candidate in California —- without consulting Kanye. 

According to a Federal Election Commission filing, West raised $11.5 million through mid-October. About $10.3 million of that, however, were loans made by the candidate to his own campaign.

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