American Values 2024 is aiming at key states,Independent Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. participated in the World Values Network’s Presidential candidate series in New York City.
The super PAC supporting Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential bid is focusing its ballot access campaign on seven states, including crucial battlegrounds that will play a decisive role in the outcome of the presidential election.
American Values 2024 will now concentrate on assisting Kennedy in getting on the ballot in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Texas, as per plans initially shared with POLITICO.
Half of these targeted states were pivotal in the 2020 race, narrowly won by now-President Joe Biden. The introduction of a third-party candidate in these battlegrounds could alter the victory paths for the major party nominees, even if Kennedy only secures single-digit support next November.
“The seven states we will initially focus on have a total of 183 electoral college votes and some of the highest populations in the country,” stated PAC Founder Tony Lyons.
The super PAC originally intended to pursue ballot access in Indiana, Colorado, and Nevada but has removed them from the list based on advice from their counsel. However, American Values 2024 will still allocate between $10 and $15 million to the narrowed list of states.~+~+~+~+~
A statement outlining the new plan also expresses confidence that Kennedy could win a contingent election, a potential scenario where no presidential candidate reaches 270 electoral college votes. In such a scenario, congressional delegations from each state cast votes to determine the next president.
“Kennedy has two clear pathways to the White House,” said Lyons. “We will do everything we can, while working closely with our attorneys and without coordinating with the campaign, to ensure that the uniparty fails in any efforts to derail the peaceful, populist revolution that he represents.”
A contingent election has not occurred since 1836. It is widely believed that a contingent election would likely result in the Republican nominee winning the presidency due to more state delegations having a majority of Republican members than Democratic ones.
Kennedy is polling at around 13 percent voter support in matchups with Biden, Donald Trump, fellow independent candidate Cornel West, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. In three-way matchups with just Trump and Biden, Kennedy’s support increases to 15.4 percent.~+~+~+~+~
Lyons is optimistic about Kennedy’s chances in 2024 based on recent polls, especially data showing higher support among younger voters.
“I think in the end, both parties are anti-democratic, and they would prefer to keep Bobby Kennedy off the ballot. They prefer to keep each other off the ballot,” Lyons said in a phone interview. “Not debate them, not engage, find a way to disqualify [candidates], and I don’t think that should happen in a democracy.”