Stephen: Kanye West reportedly drops presidential bid

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And it’s over before it really began. Kanye West has dropped out of the presidential race after trying, and failing, to get his name on the ballot in several states, HotNewHipHop.com and NME report. The mercurial rapper made a surprise announcement on July 4 that he was running, and even hired a consultant named Steve Kramer to help him get on some ballots, but he told New York Magazine¬†“he’s out” on Tuesday.

West had already missed deadlines in six states, and according to Kramer, made last ditch efforts to get on ballots in Florida and South Carolina, but was unable to, and decided to bow out. Kramer said the team he’d assembled was disappointed by West’s decision to bow out, but “I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye,” added Kramer. “Everyone has their personal decision about why they make decisions. Running for president has to be one of the hardest things for someone to actually contemplate at that level.”

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