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RFK Jr. makes announcement in New York as Trump attacks continue

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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will make a “big announcement” at a 1 p.m. event in New York City today, his campaign said, as he feuds with former President Donald Trump.

The presidential candidate initially ran as a Democrat in the spirit of the Kennedy dynasty, but then switched to a party as an independent. In March, RFK announced Nicole Shanahan, a California-based lawyer and entrepreneur, as his nominee in his long-term bid for the White House.

According to a national poll released April 18, RFK appears to be pulling voters ages 18 to 34 and 35 to 49 away from Trump. The poll from Florida Atlantic University and Mainstreet Research showed President Joe Biden narrowly leading Trump by a single point. However, when RFK was included in the test vote, Biden's lead over Trump grew to five points.

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Trump attacked RFK in a series of posts on his Truth Social account about a week after the poll was released, calling him a Democratic “plant.”

“A vote for Junior would essentially be a WASTED PROTEST VOTE that could go either way, but would only work against Democrats if Republicans knew the real story about him,” Trump wrote in a post.

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RFK's campaign has promised to get “Bobby” on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in time for the Nov. 5 general election, but accomplishing that won't be easy without the support of the Democratic or Republican parties .

The campaign says it has collected enough signatures for ballot access in New Hampshire, Nevada, Hawaii, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska and Iowa. The Kennedy-Shanahan ticket is officially on the ballot in Utah and Michigan.

Kennedy's announcement at 1 p.m. will be livestreamed on his YouTube channel. David Jackson and The Palm Beach Post contributed to this report.

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