The 43-year-old rapper conceded yesterday morning, after winning 60,000 votes from the 12 state ballots he was included on. By comparison, frontrunner Joe Biden has won 70 million votes, with his nearest rival Donald Trump achieving over 67 million so far. And the rapper paid an awful lot for each one of those votes, as official reports show that Kanye’s campaign cost around $9 million (£6.89m). Filings show that Kanye himself made $10.36m (£7.91m) in contributions, with individual contributions totalling $1.18m (£900,000). The star then spent $10.39m (£7.94m) during his campaign, with expenses including rent, overhead, administration, personnel, equipment, travel, advertising and fundraising.
The Federal Elections Commission report on West’s candidacy shows West himself loaned his campaign $10 million (£7.6 million, AU$13.7 million), received $1 million (£760, 000, AU$1.3 million) in donations, and ended up with about $1.1 million (£760, 000, AU$1.5 million) left over.
Of the states where he was on the ballot (Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont) the rapper did best in Tennessee, procuring in excess of 10,000 votes there. None of the states where West showed up are among the landmark expresses that are still, as of Thursday evening, including their votes in a nail-gnawing official race.
In California, West showed up on the ballot as a bad habit official up-and-comer close by American Independent Party’s up-and-comer, Roque De La Fuente. The couple got 0.3 percent of the vote in California, in excess of 34,000 votes, however those obviously don’t get added to West’s official cost. Newsweek reports that neither West nor De La Fuente were counseled on this matching – the gathering just set up them.
West tweeted out a video in which he projects his ballot, obviously in Wyoming, clearly leaving the remainder of the ballot clear aside from writing in his own name for president and that of “individual life and profound mentor” Michelle Tidball as VP. He said it was the first occasion when he had ever casted a ballot.