Kanye West burst into the 2020 campaign picture on July 4, with a tweet declaring his candidacy for president. But even though he qualified for the ballot in a dozen states, he failed to make any discernible impact on the race, garnering just 0.04% of votes nationally.
West’s 66,636 total votes, according to an NBC News tally on Dec 10, placed him behind six other candidates, including President-Elect Joe Biden, incumbent president Donald Trump, Libertarian Jo Jorgensen (1.2% total vote), the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins (0.3%), Alliance Party candidate Rocky De La Fuente (0.1%), and Party for Socialism and Liberation candidate Gloria La Riva (0.1%).
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Estimated to be worth a billion dollars, the famous rapper and entrepreneur reported spending just $14.4 million on his “Kanye 2020” presidential campaign, according to federal filings. That nets out to $215 per vote.
Of the twelve states where West appeared on the ballot, he recorded his highest share of the votes in Utah (7,213 votes; 0.5%), with the most number of total votes in Tennessee (10,279 votes; 0.3%).
The other states where he appeared on the ballot were Arkansas (4,099 votes; 0.3%), Colorado (8,089; 0.2% - as of Dec 10), Idaho (3,631; 0.4%), Iowa (3,210; 0.2%), Kentucky (6,483; 0.3%), Louisiana (4,897; 0.2%), Minnesota (7,940; 0.2%); Mississippi (3,655; 0.3%), Oklahoma (5,597; 0.4%), and Vermont (1,269; 0.3%).