GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michiganders will have the opportunity to hear from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. this Saturday in Grand Rapids ahead of the Presidential Primary election. 

“Normally, independent candidates pay companies millions of dollars to gather signatures,” Kennedy explained. “We’re taking a different route that starts with our thousands of volunteers in each state.” 

There’s a ballot petition in the works.

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At upcoming campaign rallies, supporters can add their signatures to the official ballot petition.

“We have begun signature collection in many open states,” said Kennedy’s Press Secretary Stefanie Spear. “We’re ready for whatever comes our way. We have the field teams, volunteers, legal teams, paid circulators, supporters, and strategy ready to get ‘Bobby on the Ballot.’”

The third party candidate secured a spot on the Utah ballot in January, despite being told that three states are refusing to send his campaign ballot petitions – Maine, New Hampshire, and North Dakota. 

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He will be speaking at a public rally at St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 at 2 p.m.

The event will be livestreamed on Kennedy’s YouTube channel

Kennedy team cites support at the polls. 

A Quinnipiac Poll from December provided a close race between President Biden and Former President Donald Trump. 

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“In a hypothetical 2024 general election matchup, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are in a virtual dead heat, with 47 percent supporting Biden and 46 percent supporting Trump,” the poll said. 

Kennedy would provide a closer race the poll predicted based on preliminary numbers. 

“In a three-person hypothetical 2024 general election matchup adding Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Biden receives 38 percent support, Trump receives 36 percent support, and Kennedy receives 22 percent support,” the poll said. 

The New York Times/Siena Poll from November also showed a small gap between Trump and Biden in numerous states including: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. 

“In these states, RFK Jr. beats Trump and Biden among 18-44 year olds,” according to Kennedy’s team. 

Who are the other candidates vying for Michigan’s vote?

President Joseph Biden visited Michigan last week but experienced some pushback from Arab American Community leaders over his response to the conflict between Hamas and Israel in the Middle East. 

Former President Trump visited Michigan during the United Auto Workers Stand Up Strike and received criticism from UAW President Shawn Fain for not supporting the union.  The UAW officially endorsed Biden for President.