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Kanye West earns just 60,000 votes in 2020 election, skips 'Kimmel'

Kanye West skips 'Kimmel' after receiving just 60,000 votes; Chuck D slams 'narcissism'


Charles Trepany   | USA TODAY

Kanye West's first presidential bid has come to an end. 

"WELP," West wrote on Twitter early Wednesday, posting a picture of himself in profile against an election map. "KANYE 2024," he continued, seemingly suggesting a future presidential run.

The "Famous" rapper was scheduled to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday, but West ultimately backed out, according to host Jimmy Kimmel. 

"The day after the election, we’ll be joined in studio by maybe the next president of the United States, Kanye West," Kimmel said during Monday's episode. "Oh, he canceled?… Kanye West canceled moments ago, so he won’t be here. But I’ll be here."

Kimmel quipped, "We’ll try to get one of the other presidents to come in."

The rapper, 43, took to Twitter on Election Day to share that he not only voted for president for the first time ever, but also that he cast his ballot for himself.

"God is so good," West wrote Tuesday morning. "Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it's for someone I truly trust...me."

West appeared on the ballot in 12 states and saw more than a thousand in each of them, according to Wednesday afternoon data from the Associated Press. His current country-wide vote total is more than 60,000. More than 137 million votes have been counted so far. 

In Vermont, a state ultimately won by former Vice President Joe Biden, he received more than 1,200 votes, about 0.3% of the states total votes. Tennessee, which President Donald Trump won, gave West more than 10,000, also about 0.3% of votes. 

The rapper followed up the tweet with a video of his ballot with his name written in for president and Michelle Tidball, a preacher and life coach according to Ballotpedia, written in for vice president.

"KEEP BELIEVING KANYE 2020," he wrote along with the video. "Thank you Jesus Christ"

West also shared a video to Twitter of himself sliding his ballot into a voting machine, making his vote official.

"The first vote of my life," he wrote. "We are here to serve We pray for every servant leader in the world." Later, West tweeted a photo of himself wearing a blue hoodie, black face mask and an "I Voted" sticker.

West's self-serving behavior was frowned upon by some of his peers. On TwitterWednesday, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D called West's campaign "the worst epitome of narcissism."

West's wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, shared Tuesday that she voted as well. However, unlike her husband, Kardashian didn't go into detail about whom she cast her ballot for.

"I VOTED!!!! Did you?!?!" the 40-year-old tweeted, along with a black-and-white photo of herself with an "I Voted" sticker. "If you are in line when the hours of operation close at the polls, they are required to stay open and allow you to vote, so do not get out of line."

As election results hung in the balance Wednesday, Kardashian West retweeted Kris Jenner's message that read "count every vote."

Contributing: Grace Hauck, Ryan W. Miller, Cydney Henderson

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