Kanye's rash decision to stand for President comes just four months before the vote.
Kanye is unable to win the election because his decision to stand has come too late. In several states the deadlines have passed to enter as an independent candidate. The include New York, Texas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Maine and Indiana. Cumulatively these states account for 102 electoral votes. These are critical to winning the Presidency. This is not the only step he will need to take before becoming an official candidate. As James McCann, political scientist at Purdue University notes: "It's hard to see West having a field operation." His comment comes in response to critics who point to the lengthy process any candidate must go through, including mobilising a team to campaign for the necessary tens of thousands of votes to get him on the ballot in other states before their August/September deadlines. Given this, Kanye cannot win the election and can only have a very limited impact on its outcome.
Kanye's Twitter announcement that he is running for President has already received more than half a million Retweets. And endorsements from high profile public figures including Elon Musk. If this is a question of gaining traction or votes, he already has a PR machine at his fingertips. Were he not to gain the required number of votes beforehand, there are alternative ways for Kanye to be voted in. Citizens are able to write in their preferred candidate even where they are not officially on the ballot. If he succeeded in getting enough write in votes, Kanye could win in states where he is not registered.