Music star and entertainer Kanye West is making his presidential bid official-official, with a campaign event scheduled for Sunday afternoon in South Carolina.
West first officially announced his candidacy on July 4, reiterating something he had been saying he’d do since about 2015. About 10 days later, last Tuesday, an aide said he was not entering the race after all. But the next day he qualified for the Oklahoma ballot.
The day after that win, he formalized his candidacy by filing a “Statement of Candidacy” form with the Federal Election Commission declaring he had raised at least $5,000 in campaign-related expenses. That was the final step necessary to get his name legally in line as a potential contender and got him legally on the ballot in Oklahoma.
The now-former Trump supporter will appear as an independent candidate for the newly formed “Birthday Party,” according to his federal filing.
On Sunday, he announced his first official campaign event, to be held at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, “for registered guests only,” reported ABC News, citing a statement.
Attendees must sign a COVID-19 liability release form, practice social distancing and wear a mask, ABC News said.
He also seems to be seeking people to get him on the ballot in South Carolina, according to a tweet in which he asked followers to sign petitions at various restaurants and other businesses and directed them to a website, kanye2020.country.
To win the presidency he must garner 270 electoral votes, out of 306 that are still available, according to ABC News. Five states have an Aug. 3 deadline for getting onto the ballot, and he needs to be on the ballot there to have a shot, ABC News said.
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