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Kanye West secured over 60,000 votes in bid to become president

By | Published on Thursday 5 November 2020

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Vote counting in some states is still to be completed, but pending a last minute surge, it appears that Kanye West managed to secure just over 60,000 votes in the twelve states where he was standing for the US presidency.

The largest portion of West’s votes are in Tennessee, where more than 10,000 people voted for him, meaning he finishes in fourth place with around 0.3% of the total vote. Although Donald Trump has a comfortable lead in the state, which is yet to declare a final winner, any fears that West’s real aim was to draw down Joe Biden’s voting share seem to have proven unfounded.

West, of course, conceded defeat in the election fairly early on, announcing his intention to run again in 2024 – possibly in enough states to actually have a chance at moving into the White House.

Meanwhile, West already has something new to concentrate on. He is being sued by a group of people who worked on his 2019 ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ opera over allegedly unpaid wages. According to The Blast, the lawsuit is being led by a hair assistant, who says that she is owed “unpaid wages, continuing wages, damages, civil penalties, statutory penalties and attorney’s fees and costs”.

It goes on to say that West “failed to properly compensate the hair assistant and many dozens of other persons who performed services on the production, including the background actors, performing as audience members. Defendants oversaw, controlled and ran the production, and the aggrieved employees worked many hours on the production and were not timely paid for their work, or paid at all”.

The lawsuit demands $1 million in compensation.