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From RFK Jr. to Cornel West: Could third-party presidential candidates tip the 2024 scales?

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The 2024 presidential election may see a rise in third-party candidates, potentially impacting the race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Figures like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Cornel West, and Jill Stein have entered the fray.

Kennedy, known for his environmental advocacy, has gained significant support and could appeal to hesitant Trump-leaning voters. (Trending: GOP Rep. Mace Clashes Directly With Hunter Biden At Hearing)

Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, said Kennedy appeals to Trump supporters “who believe generally in his policies in a conspiratorial kind of way.”

Trump spokesperson, Steven Cheung, called Kennedy someone “who pretends to have conservative values.”

West, a progressive activist, may threaten to draw crucial voters away from Biden, particularly those dissatisfied with his policies.

Stein, who ran in 2012 and 2016, is running on a message that the political system is broken.

Additionally, the bipartisan group No Labels is considering adding a consensus ticket to the ballot in all 50 states, potentially including Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

Ryan Clancy, chief strategist for No Labels said, “This whole thing with the spoiler – it’s a little bit of a chicken and egg question.”

“What if there was a ticket that wasn’t polling at 8% or 5%, but was polling at 30%? When that tipping point comes where people think this is real and this could happen, we don’t think they’ll just go and vote for one of the major party nominees. But they’ve got to think it’s real,” he continued.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said, “Every American should consider it if they’re in a position to help save the country.”

“I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure, to mobilize that moderate, sensible, commonsense middle,” he continued.

The group’s efforts have drawn criticism, and there are concerns about the impact of third-party candidates on the election.

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