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Kanye West makes it on the ballot in Minnesota

Kanye West makes it on the ballot in Minnesota
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Rapper Kanye WestKanye Omari WestElon Musk asks Twitter for skit ideas ahead of 'Saturday Night Live' appearance After fleeing Trump, will celebs return to DC under Biden? Amazon's shutdown of Parler is a threat to all small businesses MORE has officially secured a spot on the presidential ballot in Minnesota this November as a third-party candidate.

The Minnesota secretary of State’s office shows West as one of seven presidential candidates who will appear on the presidential ballot. He will run as an Independent in the state.

West’s campaign, which is reportedly being aided by GOP strategists, has already secured spots on the presidential ballot in a number of states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont. 

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West is a former supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE who famously visited the White House in 2018. West said in an interview earlier this month that he is “not denying” that his campaign could do damage to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE’s White House bid. 

Minnesota is set to be one of several battleground states in the presidential race and one of the few states where Trump could go on offense. The Gopher State narrowly went for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE by 1.5 points in 2016, and Republicans are eager to make deeper inroads there this year.

It’s still unclear if West’s quixotic presidential bid would be able to gain traction even if he ultimately appears on a substantial number of ballots. A Politico-Morning Consult national poll released this month showed him garnering just 2 percent support among likely voters overall, as well as among Black voters.