Kanye ahead? Only in mock data

Kanye ahead? Only in mock data

Kanye West answers questions during a service at Lakewood Church, in Houston. On Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that election results in Kentucky show the rapper and independent presidential candidate is ahead of President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the presidential race. West tweeted mock election data that the AP provides to customers as part of routine testing ahead of elections. AP File Photo/Nov. 17, 2019 Rapper and presidential candidate Kanye West recently touted poll numbers out of Kentucky, which showed him leading Donald Trump and Joe Biden in that state’s race. "GET THE WEST WING READY !!! … this is how I felt when I saw that Kentucky pole result," West said on Twitter. The poll numbers weren’t real, according to The Associated Press. West was citing mock election data, "randomly generated and not based on any predetermined scenarios," that the AP uses during testing before an election. The false data, a screenshot from LEX 18 News in Kentucky, had West in third place, behind Libertarian Jo Jorgensen and independent candidate Brock Pierce, but ahead of Trump and Biden. "Someone discovered a cached web link that we used during June’s primary election to post Associated Press election results," LEX 18 News explained on Twitter. "The results shown were not valid. They were simply part of a test." West’s campaign filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on July 15 and his name will appear on ballots […]

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