Kanye West falls short on signatures, won't make Missouri ballot for president

Austin Hugulet
Springfield News-Leader
FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Kanye West answers questions during a service at Lakewood Church, in Houston.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said Tuesday the rapper failed to gather enough signatures on his petition to appear as an independent candidate.

State law requires 10,000 signatures; West turned in 6,557.

West announced his bid for the White House last month and has had help in filing for office from various Republican operators and supporters of President Donald Trump.

That help has led to speculation and concern that West's run is an attempt to boost Trump by luring votes that would otherwise go to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

It hasn't always worked, though.

The Wisconsin elections boardruled last week that West filed too late to be on their state's ballot.