Kanye West has filed to appear as a presidential candidate on the New Jersey ballot.
The 43-year-old rapper announced his intent to run for president earlier this month, but he had already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in several states, and after hosting his first campaign rally in North Carolina, he failed to garner enough votes to appear on the ballot in the state.
However, according to state documents obtained by TMZ, Kanye has successfully collected 1,327 signatures from residents of New Jersey, surpassing the 800 required by the deadline on Monday (27.07.20) and making him an official candidate for voters come to the November election.
At the same time, Kanye also submitted paperwork to appear on Missouri’s ballot, and is eyeing to do the same in New York, where he will need 30,000 signatures by Thursday (30.07.20).
The ‘Bound 2’ hitmaker tweeted his desire to run for president on July 4, and held his first campaign rally a few weeks later, where he broke down in tears during a conversation about abortion, as he confessed he and his wife Kim Kardashian West had considered terminating their first pregnancy.
Days later, Kanye launched a scathing rant against his 39-year-old spouse on social media, in which he accused her of “trying to lock him up” over concerns for his mental health.
The Yeezy founder also claimed he had been trying to divorce Kim – with whom he has North, seven, Saint, four, Chicago, two, and Psalm, 14 months – for two years after she met with fellow rapper Meek Mill at a hotel.
Kanye tweeted: “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf for ‘prison reform’ “
Kim and Meek both spoke at the Criminal Justice Reform Summit in Los Angeles in 2018, and although Kanye remains fond of the rapper, he said Kim was “out of line”.
He wrote on the micro-blogging platform: “Meek is my man and was respectful That’s my dog Kim was out of line I’m worth 5 billion dollars and more than that through Christ But ya’ll ain’t listen to MJ and now ya’ll believe them??? “
Since his outbursts, Kanye has apologized publicly to the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star.
He tweeted: “I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I did not cover her as she has covered me. To Kim, I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me. “
And it seems that Kim is doing her best to keep her kids away from the drama.
It has been reported the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star – who recently flew out to Wyoming to be with Kanye – is trying to keep their four children out of the loop, because she doesn’t want them to witness their father’s “public meltdown”.
An insider told People magazine: “She is shielding the kids. All of her family is. They’ve circled around the kids and are insulating them from all of this. And everyone else has decided to create an atmosphere of normalcy around them. They don’t need to see such a public meltdown.”
Kim and Kanye’s children have been spending time with their aunt Kourtney Kardashian and her children – Mason, 10, Penelope, eight, and Reign, five, whom she has with Scott Disick – amid the drama.
The 39-year-old reality star was reported to have flown to Cody in Wyoming from Los Angeles this week, after she was spotted with her husband in a car outside fast food restaurant Wendy’s.