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  • Kanye West Odds to Win 2020 Election
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UPDATE:

It appears Kanye’s presidential run has ended.

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Not even the thunderous pops, crackles and booms of neighborhood pyrotechnics could drown out the political bomb Kanye West dropped on America 4th of July evening. Between the fireworks bursting in air, Ye tweeted that he was running for president.

Like the well-oiled machine that it is, online sportsbooks like BetOnline and Bovada went to work cooking up odds that the famed rapper and entrepreneur could unseat President Donald Trump this November. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time these online sportsbooks have offered odds on Kanye West to win the 2020 election. He’s bounced on and off the top 10 challengers list for the better part of the last 10 months, but never gained much traction and hovered between 50-to-1 and 100-to-1.

Option Odds (as of July 9)
Kanye at Bovada +6600
Kanye at BetOnline +12500
Biden at Bovada -150
Trump at Bovada +135

While Joe Biden remains the front-runner to win the 2020 election at -160, well ahead of President Trump at +130, West checks in at +10000, or 100-to-1 at BetOnline and +6600, or 66-to-1 at Bovada. This is just behind Mike Pence’s 60-to-1 odds and ahead of Michelle Obama’s – who hasn’t officially declared any campaign – at 80-to-1.

Prop Bet Odds (as of July 9)
Will Kanye participate in any presidential debates? Yes (+1200)
Will Kanye participate in any presidential debates? No (-5000)
Will Kanye win the popular vote in any state? Yes (+900)
Will Kanye win the popular vote in any state? No (-3000)

The crew over at BetOnline took Kanye’s political aspirations one step farther by generating odds that he participates in an election debate and wins the popular vote in any one of the 50 United States. It’s at this point that everybody should know that Mr. West still has roughly 30 days to make a final decision whether to run or not as that’s the deadline to file as a candidate in most states.

However, Kanye’s recent interview in Forbes appears to paint a picture that he’s going to run in 2020 and not 2024, which he had considered previously. It’s pretty ambitious for a guy who claims he’s never voted in his life.

The Kanye Campaign

West’s meandering interview with Forbes also hit on some intriguing and eyebrow-raising commentary, which is difficult to parse as anything but folly. Take for instance that Ye is running under the “Birthday Party” because “…when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.” And that “we” includes a vice president running mate Michelle Tidball, a Wyoming preacher. The religious themes of West’s campaign are evident at every turn.

“It looks like one big mess to me,” he says. “I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.”
Kanye West

“Let’s see if the appointing is at 2020 or if it’s 2024—because God appoints the president,” West told Forbes. “If I win in 2020 then it was God’s appointment. If I win in 2024 then that was God’s appointment.”

Although he told Forbes he was “taking off the red (Make America Great Again) hat with this interview”, Kanye was still complimentary of the sitting president.

“Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation.”

Because of this, Kanye admitted that if Trump decides to stick in the race (which is assumed), he’ll run as a Libertarian, but if Trump decides to step aside, Ye will run as a Republican. So, what happened that caused West to hang up his red MAGA hat? He lost confidence.

“It looks like one big mess to me,” he says. “I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.”

This refers to when Trump was escorted to a White House underground bunker while violent protests occurred outside the gates.

It’ll be worth monitoring how West’s campaign – should it continue – will impact Joe Biden’s campaign which has seen an odds rise from +105 on June 3 to -160 on July 3. Popular opinion would assume West’s votes would pillage Biden’s support.

“I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way,” West told Forbes. “And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special.”

Ryan Fowler

Ryan has covered sports on every media platform over the past 17+ years. The first seven years of his professional career were spent as a sports anchor and reporter at various local television stations, while he picked up side gigs as a freelance sports columnist and recurring radio guest before he decided to jump to the web. As content manager of sports simulation website WhatIfSports.com and senior editor of FOXSports.com's fantasy baseball and football coverage for the better part of this decade, Ryan embraces advanced metrics, trends, and outside-the-box angles to find his edge. You can follow him on Twitter @FreelanceFowler.

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