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Kanye West Admits Election Defeat, Looks to 2024

Kanye has conceded.

The hip-hop star's sputtering race for the presidency never truly got off the starting blocks, and he's finally admitted defeated.

In a tweet posted late Tuesday, Kanye West called time and turned his attention to the next election. Against the backdrop of a U.S. electoral map flashing in red and blue, he wrote, "Welp. Kanye 2024," together with an emoji of a white dove.

Earlier, the rapper exercised his democratic rights. In a video shared online, he cast a vote in Wyoming, where he penned his own name on a 2020 election ballot.

"God is so good," West, face mask on and "I Voted" sticker adorning his blue sweatshirt, tweeted. "Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it's for someone I truly trust...me."

The 43-year-old artist appeared on pre-printed ballots in just 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont. Running as an independent, he bagged some 50,000 votes, a vast distance from the heavyweights.

In the small hours of Wednesday, the election was in the balance with neither President Trump of Democratic challenger Joe Biden emerging as the obvious winner.