Kanye West qualifies as presidential candidate in Arkansas

Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Arkansas' ballot in November as an independent presidential candidate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Arkansas' ballot this fall as an independent presidential candidate, Secretary of State John Thurston said Tuesday.

Thurston told West's representatives in a letter that his office had verified the rapper had submitted at least the 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters required to appear on the ballot. Thurston's office said it had verified 1,175 of the more 1,700 signatures submitted on behalf of West's campaign last week.

Arkansas is a solidly Republican state that Trump won easily in 2016.

West’s wife, reality TV star and beauty mogul Kim Kardashian West, asked the public on social media last month to show compassion and empathy toward her husband because he is bipolar.

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