Kanye West received 60,000 votes in the presidential election

Rapper Kanye WestKanye Omari WestAmazon's shutdown of Parler is a threat to all small businesses 2020's top political celebrity moments Think small business relief was a 'Success'? Ask businesses in communities of color MORE received about 60,000 votes in the 2020 presidential election, despite some polls indicating his support as high as 2 percent nationwide.

The total, first reported by USA Today, comes despite attorneys for West working for months to obtain ballot access in a handful of states and West's own appeals on social media for support from his more than 30 million followers.

A public supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE, some nevertheless speculated on social media that his appeals for votes among his massive fan base could end up hurting former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE's (D) presidential run, which looked to be on the precipice of victory Thursday morning as votes continued to be counted in several states.


West canceled a planned appearance on "Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelAnnual Snowball Express event to thank military families goes virtual amid pandemic John Mulaney says Secret Service investigated him over SNL joke Obama jokes that he's 'scared' of Michelle, Sasha MORE Live" Wednesday evening, Kimmel announced Monday, and announced his interest in another presidential run in 2024 in a tweet posted Wednesday.

West indicated a day earlier that his vote for himself Tuesday was his first-ever participation in an election, though he was forced to write in his name due to his failure to obtain ballot access in Wyoming, where he resides along with wife Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian West2020's top political celebrity moments Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Dozens of Democrats urge Biden to quickly end federal death penalty MORE.


The rapper previously visited Trump at the White House in late 2018, where during a wild speech in front of cameras in the Oval Office, West declared his support for Trump.

"Kanye has been a friend of mine for a long time," the president told reporters at the time.