New York Magazine reports:
As of this writing, Kanye West has successfully filed to be on the ballot in nine states, where he could win a total of 88 electoral votes. (He also filed in a tenth state, New Jersey, but removed himself from the ballot ahead of a hearing on whether the signatures submitted were forged.) There are 19 states where he can still file, with a total of 190 electoral votes at stake.
Much of the campaign seems to be linked to a variety of Republican operatives and activists, intent on putting West on the ballot with the belief that he will take African American votes away from Joe Biden. The most prominent of them is Gregg Keller, the former executive director of the American Conservative Union and a well-known conservative operative based in Missouri.
The American Conservative Union puts on CPAC. Its current chairman Matt Schlapp, is married to Trump campaign advisor Mercedes Schlapp.
One Kanye elector in Ohio told me: “I think we need somebody more focused on God. Trump took us a long way — I think Kanye can go farther.”https://t.co/04SPhKkkbm
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 7, 2020