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RFK Jr. is teasing an independent 2024 run. His supporters show why.

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WARREN, Mich. — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. once again teased a potential break from the Democratic Party at a rally Thursday night, as his Michigan-based supporters in attendance expressed love for former President Donald Trump and disdain for President Joe Biden.


A man at the packed rally yelled through the crowd, “Are you planning on running as a Democrat? Please say no.”


“You want the answer to that question, you can come to Philadelphia on Monday,” Kennedy responded. The Democratic primary challenger has been taking questions at events about a possible independent campaign, and a Kennedy video teasing a big announcement in Philadelphia criticized “the leadership of both political parties.”


Conversations with Kennedy supporters at Thursday’s event — and recent public polling results — demonstrate one reason why he might leave the Democratic primary: The people gravitating to him tend to think more highly of Trump than Biden, which could scramble the effect of a potential independent campaign.