Kanye West’s alleged presidential bid is abandoning the Garden State.
West, the rapper whose announcement that he’d be entering the 2020 presidential race last month was met with widespread skepticism, has scrapped his effort to appear on the ballot in New Jersey, the New Jersey Globe reports.
West had submitted the petition signatures required to get on the ballot, but the signatures were challenged by a lawyer, Scott Salmon, who called them “egregiously bad, almost to a degree insulting,” Politico reports. Not only was some necessary information and paperwork reportedly not provided, but a complaint said that “a number of signatures appear nearly identical,” The Associated Press writes.
“At this time, Kanye 2020 has no further option than to regrettably withdraw from New Jersey and cease further efforts to place Mr. West’s name on the New Jersey ballot,” the campaign said in an email as it withdrew the petition, per AP.
West did previously qualify for the Oklahoma ballot, but in addition to New Jersey, he’s also facing challenges while trying to get on the ballot in Illinois, reports New York Magazine. By the time West announced his intent to run for president, the deadline to appear on the ballot had already passed in many states, and more deadlines are fast approaching, as The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel helpfully illustrates.
Here’s a little map. Purple is where West has gotten on ballot or at least filed petitions. (Challenges in IL/MO.) Black is where the ballot deadline has passed. Red is states with deadlines this week. pic.twitter.com/3Zg7geWNhP
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 4, 2020