Look Out, Joe: RFK, Jr. Is on the Michigan Ballot

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s presidential campaign had a major victory on Thursday. Kennedy is on the Michigan ballot. 

That may not sound like much but he can muck up the race for Joe Biden as he gains ballot access in various states. In Michigan, for example, all of those voters who voted 'uncommitted' in the Democrat primary have an alternative to Joe Biden if they don't want to go home to the Democrat Party in November. In the Michigan primary, that amounted to about 100,000 votes. 


Joe Biden squeaked by in Michigan in 2020. He can't afford to lose a big chunk of voters in 2024. Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016. Michigan is a crucial battleground state.

Kennedy is working to get access to all 50 state ballots.  

RFK, Jr. was nominated by the Natural Law Party, a small party with ballot access in Michigan. 

"He’s the most qualified candidate in the modern-day history of America," Natural Law Party Chairman Doug Dern said in a statement released by the Kennedy campaign"We welcome Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Shanahan to the party."

The news was confirmed by the Michigan Secretary of State's office. The Natural Law Party has filed its documents with the Bureau of Elections. Kennedy will appear on the ballot in November. 

Some Republican voters worry that Kennedy pulls voters from Trump but most polls show that he pulls more from Biden. 

The Kennedy campaign announced that the candidate would celebrate its access to the Michigan ballot on Sunday when he hosts "A Night of Laughter" comedy show at a theatre outside of Detroit. 


Michigan is the second state that Kennedy is officially on the ballot. He became an independent candidate because of the shenanigans the DNC and the Biden campaign were playing to keep Kennedy off the ballot as a challenger to Biden in the Democrat primary. Democrats are happy to turn America into a banana republic to keep Dementia Joe in office. 

His campaign said that Kennedy had gathered enough signatures to meet ballot thresholds in North Carolina and Nevada, also battleground states. He has done the same in the swing state of New Hampshire, as well as Nebraska, Iowa, Idaho, and Hawaii. Slowly but surely he is making progress.

This process is costly and time-consuming for independent candidates. Kennedy's campaign press secretary sounded confident that they would be successful.  "We have the field teams, volunteers, legal teams, paid circulators, supporters, and strategists ready to get the job done."

Joe Biden is struggling to find enthusiasm for his re-election on the campaign trail among Democrat voters. He has largely focused on Michigan and Pennsylvania so far. Kennedy is polling in double digits in some national surveys and key battleground states. He has gained more support as a third-party candidate than other independent candidates since Ross Perot thirty years ago. 


The Biden campaign was so nervous about Kennedy that it joined with the DNC to organize a communication operation to work against Kennedy. It has hired veteran communicators to do the work. 

"We are doing everything in our power to get President Biden and Vice President Harris re-elected. It's critical that we take seriously every possible obstacle to that goal," Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Austin Davis emphasized in a recent conference call with reporters. "And let me be clear, that's exactly what Robert F. Kennedy is in this election. He's a spoiler."

Also on Thursday, Joe Biden was campaigning in Pennsylvania for the third day this week. He held an event with a few Kennedy family members who endorsed his re-election. What a garbage move. Biden already held an event with a larger crowd of Kennedys at the White House on St. Patrick's Day. Their brother and cousin gracefully responded to the knife in the back.


The Kennedy clan is large and RFK, Jr. has support from many of them, especially the younger ones. Kennedy delivered a similar message as his relatives gathered at the White House on St. Patrick's Day. Some Kennedys work in the Biden administration. Caroline Kennedy is the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. 

I'm not a Kennedy voter but I'm enjoying the show so far. 


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