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Cam­paign video re­leased

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Rap­per Kanye West yes­ter­day re­leased his first of­fi­cial cam­paign video in his long­shot bid to be elected US pres­i­dent, fo­cus­ing on re­li­gion and fam­i­lies.

West (43), who launched his cam­paign for the White House with er­ratic state­ments on his so­cial me­dia ac­counts in July, is on the of­fi­cial bal­lot in a hand­ful of US states, but has no math­e­mat­i­cal chance of win­ning.

In yes­ter­day’s video, the mu­si­cian and fash­ion de­signer asked sup­port­ers to vote for him as a write­in can­di­date.

‘‘By turn­ing to faith, we will be the kind of na­tion, the kind of peo­ple, that God in­tends us to be,’’ West says in the video, fea­tur­ing fam­i­lies at prayer and na­ture shots.

The video was the first ma­jor bid by West to be taken se­ri­ously as a con­tender for the White House. He has done lit­tle cam­paign­ing un­der his self­styled Birth­day Party as con­cern grew over his men­tal health.

Some po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts be­lieve West’s run for of­fice could siphon Black sup­port­ers away from Demo­crat Joe Bi­den in the elec­tion.

West has spent about $US5.8 mil­lion ($NZ8.7 mil­lion) on his cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to a fil­ing with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. — Reuters

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