Media Tip Sheet: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Emerges as Third-Party Challenger in Biden vs. Trump Rematch

April 2, 2024

The upcoming presidential election sees President Biden and former President Trump as presumptive nominees, but a notable third-party challenge arises from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Despite facing long odds, Kennedy's independent campaign garners attention, potentially influencing the race. Early polling suggests he could impact both major-party candidates, with Democrats particularly concerned about his effect on Biden's reelection bid.

Faculty experts at the George Washington University are available to provide context, commentary and analysis on RFK Jr.’s campaign. If you would like to speak to an expert, please contact GW Media Relations Specialist Tayah Frye at [email protected]

Peter Loge is the director of GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs. He has nearly 30 years of experience in politics and communications, having served as a deputy to the chief of staff for Sen. Edward Kennedy during the 1995 shutdown, a VP at the US Institute of Peace in 2013, and held senior positions for three members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Loge currently leads the Project on Ethics in Political Communication at the School of Media and Public Affairs and continues to advise advocates and organizations. 

Danny Hayes, professor of political science, is an expert on campaigns and elections who can discuss the current election landscape and provide insights and analysis on current campaign strategies. He is an author of three books, all published by Cambridge University Press: News Hole: The Demise of Local Journalism and Political Engagement (2021); Women on the Run: Media, Gender, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era (2016); and Influence from Abroad: Foreign Voices, the Media, and U.S. Public Opinion (2013). His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, and numerous other academic journals.