Despite efforts by his wife Kim Kardashian to persuade him not to contest the November 2020 presidential election on grounds that it would hurt their marriage, US rapper Kanye West filed signatures in Wisconsin Tuesday to run for the election as an independent candidate in November.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission said signatures were submitted on behalf of West on the last day for independent presidential candidates to submit the required 2,000 signatures of Wisconsin voters to get on the ballot. But those signatures could be challenged.
West and running mate Michelle Tidball listed themselves as candidates of the BODY, The Birthday Party. A former supporter of Republican President Donald Trump, West broke with Trump and announced his own presidential bid last month.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission staff will be reviewing the petitions in coming days to determine if there are enough valid signatures and if the candidates meet all qualifications to get on the ballot. Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016, snapping a string of Democratic presidential candidates winning the state going back to 1988.