Kennedy campaign says he is eligible for over 270 electoral college votes

The campaign claimed Kennedy reached this milestone after submitting signatures in Minnesota, which has 10 electoral college votes.

Published: June 7, 2024 7:50pm

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s presidential campaign claimed Friday that their candidate has submitted the necessary signatures to gain ballot access in enough states that he could get more than 270 electoral votes in November.

Kennedy, who is running as an Independent, has filed signature collections in 19 states total, and will officially appear on the ballots in nine of them so far. The other 10 are still in the process of counting the signatures. Kennedy is still hoping to appear on the ballot in all 50 states.

The campaign claimed Kennedy reached this milestone after submitting signatures in Minnesota, which has 10 electoral college votes.

“This is a tremendous victory for the campaign and the thousands of volunteers nationwide who have hit the streets with clipboards in hand and canvassed America to put ‘Bobby on the Ballot,’” Senior Advisor and Ballot Access Director Nick Brana said in a statement. “Come November, for the first time in decades, everyone across the country will have an independent choice who will end the wars, break up the corporate state, and make life affordable.”

Kennedy is considered a dark-horse candidate in the race, but could pull enough votes from former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden to be a spoiler candidate on either side. However, he is considered a stronger potential spoiler for Biden, because he was a registered Democrat for decades.

Kennedy and his running mate Nicole Shanahan have qualified for the ballot in Utah, Michigan, California, Delaware, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Texas, South Carolina, and Florida so far. Kennedy was approved to be on the ballot in Florida on Friday.

"Thank you Minnesota volunteers! We have now exceeded 270 electoral votes — a momentous milestone for the campaign," Kennedy said in a post to X.

Kennedy has submitted the necessary signatures in New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and now Minnesota.

If Kennedy is approved in all 19 states, he could win up to 278 electoral college votes, which is 52% of the 538 electoral college votes up for grab, according to his campaign.

Misty Severi is an evening news reporter for Just the News. You can follow her on X for more coverage.

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