Kanye West won't appear on Massachusetts ballot

EVAN VUCCI/AP file photo/Rapper Kanye West, shown at 2018 meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump in Washington, has broken with Trump and announced a run for his office. However, the rapper will not appear as a candidate for president on the Massachusetts ballot

BOSTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West won't appear on the Massachusetts presidential ballot this fall, according to the office of Secretary of State William Galvin.

The deadline to submit the 5,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot was Tuesday, and no one representing West even took out nomination papers, Galvin spokeswoman Debra O'Malley said.

The nomination papers are required to include the candidate's name, the name of a vice presidential candidate and 11 Massachusetts electors.

West, who once backed Republican President Donald Trump, announced earlier this month that he had broken with Trump and would launch his own presidential bid.

His wife, Kim Kardashian West, asked the public on social media last week to show compassion and empathy toward her husband because he is bipolar.


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