Kanye West for president? Realities and rules say White House run unlikely
If Kanye West is serious about running for president, the rapper and fashion designer will face major obstacles to mounting a serious campaign less than four months before the 3 November election.
West said he was running in a Twitter post on Saturday, the Fourth of July holiday.
If so, he will have to work fast to get his name on the ballot alongside Donald Trump and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
There are two routes to doing so, said James McCann, a political scientist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
West could try secure the backing of a smaller political party. Without it, he could try to appear as an independent.
But deadlines for registering that way have already passed in some states, including New Mexico and North Carolina, a key battleground.
Getting on the ballot as an independent would require hiring staff or recruiting volunteers to gather tens of thousands of signatures across the US before other registration periods close in August and September, a task made more difficult by the coronavirus pandemic.