Kanye West‘s bid for the presidency in 2020 is officially over just two weeks after throwing his hat in the race.
West, 43, has not publicly commented on whether his run for the presidency is continuing, but he was serious enough to hire 180 people who needed to collect 132, 781 signatures by July 15 to make it in the ballot as a third-party candidate.
Steve Kramer, a get-out-the-vote specialist who runs a firm that helps candidates with their campaigns, said he was hired to help West get on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina and was in the process of gathering signatures. He said that West’s team was “working over weekend there, formalizing the FEC and other things that they’ve got to do when you have a lot of corporate lawyers involved.”
However, it looks like the plan was just too overwhelming because, according to Kramer, Kanye is now out of the race.
“He’s out,” he said. “I’ll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled. We had over 180 people out there today.” He later told the Intelligencer that the staff were told the drive to get on the ballot was over, on the same day that West tweeted a pictured of himself registering to vote in Wyoming.
Kramer added that West’s newly-hired team was upset about the end of his campaign, stating that the mix of volunteers and paid workers were looking forward to his run.
Kanye could’ve gained steam with many people you’d be surprised by who actually agree with an anti-abortion and anti vaccination policy platform.
“I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye,” added Kramer. “Everyone has their personal decision about why they make decisions. Running for president has to be one of the hardest things for someone to actually contemplate at that level.”