Rapper Kanye West ended his Independent 2020 presidential campaign according to Steve Kramer, who was hired to coordinate ballot access efforts in Florida and South Carolina. West announced his candidacy on July 4. Most observers did not take the announcement seriously. West later outlined his views in an interview with Forbes that seemed to suggest his run was real. However, the campaign’s lateness hampered ballot access and was, perhaps, the cause of its downfall.
“I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye,” says Kramer to the Intelligencer. “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.”
Kramer said the campaign hired petitioners and used volunteers to collect signatures for ballot access. Evidently, there was much excitement at the prospect of a full-scale campaign. News of the withdrawal left those associated with it disappointed.
Still, West has said for years that he would run for president in 2024. He confirmed that plan in the aforementioned Forbes interview.