Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Gains Ballot Access In California

Independent presidential contender Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently made a significant stride in his campaign by securing ballot access in California.

Kennedy, whose running mate is radical leftist entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan, received the support of the American Independent Party (AIP) of California. His presidential campaign filed the paperwork with California’s secretary of state on April 29, 2024.

The independent presidential hopeful released a five-minute video, acknowledging the AIP’s past associated with segregationist and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace (D). Despite this, he portrayed the party’s evolution as a symbol of “compassion, unity, idealism, and common sense.”

“When they learned about my candidacy, they had just drafted a new charter for their reborn party, where they could use their battle lines for good, helping independent candidates to unite America without being blocked by the two-party duopoly,” Kennedy added.

Newsmax pointed out that California is now the third state to provide ballot access to Kennedy and Shanahan, following Utah and Michigan. The pair has garnered enough signatures to be included in the ballot of seven other states: New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska and Iowa.

Since leaving the Democratic Party in the fall of 2022, Kennedy has tirelessly worked to secure uniform ballot access across all U.S. states, positioning himself as a viable challenger to President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

The independent presidential contender has repeatedly voiced his concerns about Biden and Trump, questioning whether they are suited to become president.

As Kennedy’s campaign seeks signatures across all 50 states before respective deadlines, analysts note that multiple battleground states could influence the outcome on Election Day.

Surveys show Kennedy as the third top third-party contender. As of April 29, 2024, he has nearly 9% of the electorate, falling Biden Trump who has more than 42% and Biden, who has less than 41%.