As we wait with bated breath for the results of the US 2020 election, let's distract ourselves by taking a look at how many votes Kanye West, who announced back in July that he was running as an Independent, actually tallied up.
Kanye racked up a reported 60,000 votes. It's not that much, considering USA's population sits well over 300 million. But, 60,000 votes across 12 states is actually still pretty ridiculous, considering this a "candidate" who:
a) Tweeted: "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", as well as an admission this election was the first time in his life he'd ever voted.
b) Voted for himself in Wyoming (not one of the 12 states that featured his name on the ballot) by scribbling his name in.
c) Tweeted "WELP" after realising he'd lost. Yep, "WELP", which was later deleted and replaced with "KANYE 2024" alongside a silhouette of himself.
Interestingly, Kanye's highest count came from the state of Tennessee (10,188 votes) with Idaho, Utah and Oklahoma following close behind. (Stats here).
While wife Kim Kardashian West didn't confirm whether or not she'd voted for him, there's a good chance she… didn't, having this week liked a Twitter post of Kid Cudi saying he was pro-Biden. She also didn't mention her husband's name in an 'I Voted' post.
While many Americans thought the whole 'Kanye For President' situation was pretty laughable, others were less than impressed. Votes for Kanye meant valuable votes were taken away from a tight race between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Jennifer Aniston wrote on Instagram: "It's not funny to vote for Kanye … Please be responsible."
To Kanye's 2024 promise: WELP.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are at @sangeetatatiana.