Kanye West’s presidential campaign continues to be on shaky footing at best, but the rapper is flying high after the discovery of Kentucky voting results that appear to show him coming in third place, ahead of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The only problem is those results are totally fictional—not that that fact has deterred West or his supporters in the slightest.
On Tuesday night, West took to Twitter for a hasty victory lap for someone only listed on 12 states’ presidential ballots, sharing a screenshot of what looks like Kentucky’s early election results which show him with 19% of the vote. Those supposed results put him behind independent candidate and Mighty Ducks child star, Brock Pierce, with 29% of the vote, and Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen with 36%. Meanwhile, Biden received only 14% and Trump a paltry 2%. West followed up that tweet with a video of himself yelling “Get the West Wing ready” while enthusiastically showing off the fake numbers to the camera, writing, “this is how I felt when I saw that Kentucky pole [sic] result.” Both tweets were later labeled as “manipulated media” by Twitter. A third tweet proclaimed, “PEOLE [sic] TRIED TO TALK ME OUT OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT… NEVER LET WEAK CONTROLLING PEOPLE KILL YOUR SPIRIT.”
Unfortunately for the Grammy winner, those supposed results don’t actually have any basis in reality. Shortly after West’s initial tweet, the source of those figures, LEX 18 News, confirmed there had been some sort of mistake. “Someone discovered a cached web link that we used during June’s primary election to post Associated Press election results,” the outlet tweeted. “The old link was still populating current AP data and showed test results, which is part of the preparation the AP does in advance of elections.” They added in a follow-up tweet, “The results shown were not valid. They were simply part of a test. We regret the discovery of the cached web link and have removed the data from that page. We apologize for any confusion.” Early voting in Kentucky also isn’t counted until November 3 so there would be no way to even gather this type of data.
But it doesn’t seem that West has let that piece of information deter him as he continues to retweet his fans sharing screenshots of the poll and even released a new freestyle track set to footage of a UFC knockout fight because “THE WHOLE TEAM IS SO ENERGIZED THAT I HAD TO RELEASE THEME MUSIC.” So while he definitely won’t be winning the presidency this fall, even in Kentucky, at least he’ll still have some new tunes to show for it.
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