According to Montana’s Secretary of State, rapper Kanye West has failed to qualify for the state ballot after only 3,972 signatures out of the nearly 8,800 his presidential campaign turned in were deemed valid, the Associated Press reports.
“It wasn’t clear who was behind the petition effort in Montana. One of the signature gathering supervisors, Micah Marchbanks, said West was paying the signature gatherers. He also said he believed they had turned in enough signatures to get West on the ballot,” the AP’s report stated. “Nearly all of the signatures came from Yellowstone County, which validated 3,400 signatures and rejected about 4,200.”
The AP’s report notes that Republicans boosting West’s ballot efforts in other states fueled suspicions that he was being used as a spoiler candidate against Joe Biden, but that theory “made less sense in Montana, which Trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016.”
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