Friday, May 31, 2024

RFK Jr. On South Carolina Ballot

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign announced on Friday that it has gained ballot access in South Carolina. 

Kennedy Jr. was nominated for president and Nicole Shanahan was nominated for vice president by the Alliance Party after it filed all the necessary documents with the state, putting the ticket on the ballot in South Carolina this fall.

“I proudly accept the Alliance Party’s nomination for president of the United States,” Kennedy said. “Their leadership and members have demonstrated an inspiring commitment to values that revitalize our representative democracy.”

Jim Rex, former South Carolina State Superintendent of Education and national chair emeritus of the Alliance Party, said in a statement, “After thoroughly reviewing Presidents Biden and Trump’s past performance in office, their platforms, and their extremely narrow, ultra-partisan view of how democracy should be allowed to work to benefit all Americans, we believe Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to be the only logical choice for president.” 

South Carolina marks the eighth state that the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket has officially made the ballot in, along with Utah, Michigan, California, Delaware, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Texas. It has also collected enough signatures for ballot access in nine states - New York, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, and Ohio. 

That means the Kennedy-Shanahan campaign has collected the signatures needed for ballot access in 17 states totaling 238 electoral votes - 44 percent of the 538 total electoral votes nationwide. 

It is significant because one of the requirements to make the CNN debate on June 27 is that a candidate needs to be on the ballot in states comprising 270 electoral votes. On Wednesday, the Kennedy campaign filed a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint alleging CNN, President Biden, President Trump, and their campaigns have engaged in flagrant violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). To read our coverage, please click here.

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