Rap star Kanye West's road to power may have hit a stumbling block on Tuesday with results of the first test polls coming out. Since he announced his intention to run for President of the US, he has barely gained any support, according to the Mirror.
The 43-year-old had made the announcement of running for the office in the upcoming 2020 elections earlier this month. But after winning only two per cent of a test vote, according to pollsters in America, it seems that the Jesus Walks singer would only face humiliation.
Redfield & Wilton Strategies in the US polled 2,000 Americans on July 9, five days after Kanye’s bombshell announcement to gauge public opinion of the upcoming presidential race.
Earlier results showed Democratic candidate Joe Biden coming out on top scoring 48% of the votes (an increase of 8%), with incumbent President, Donald Trump coming in the second place with 40%.
Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen polled 1% of the votes, while Green Party hopeful Howie Hawkins also only scored 1%.
However, the results were rocked by the addition of Kanye – as he crowbarred his way in to third place with 2% of the votes.
The addition of Kanye also saw Trump’s support drop to 38% – increasing Joe Biden’s lead to 9%. Now speculation has been sparked that Kanye will withdraw his plan for power, according to the Intelligencer. Kanye has aborted plans to getting his name listed as a third-party candidate in a number of US states, including Florida.
The rap star reportedly hired 180 campaign staff to help him in his five month campaign for Presidency – but the team have allegedly been told the bid is off.
Get-out-the-vote specialist Steve Kramer, who was hired by Kanye to assist in his bid to be on the Florida and South Carolina ballots, told Intelligencer: "He’s out". The U-turn would be just two weeks after his dramatic announced.
The star took to Twitter on America's Independence Day and wrote: "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States."
He won the immediate support of billionaire businessman Elon Musk, who tweeted his backing seconds later.
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