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 May 27, 2024

RFK Jr. Ousted in Libertarian Nomination's First Vote, Trump Ineligible

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. faced a swift exit from the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination contest this past Sunday.

CNN reported that in a surprising turn at the Libertarian Party's convention, Kennedy received scant support, leading to his early elimination while the nomination went to Chase Oliver after extensive voting.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent candidate known for his critical views of the traditional two-party system, entered the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination race in order to boost his standing with moderate voters.

He was nominated unexpectedly by a delegate at the convention, but his proposal was met with significant resistance, as evidenced by audible disapproval from the audience.

Unexpected Nomination Leads to Rapid Exit

The nomination process revealed the party's tepid reaction to Kennedy's sudden candidacy. He secured only 19 votes, a mere 2.07% of the delegate count, resulting in his removal from the running as per the party's rules that eliminate candidates with less than 5% of the vote in the initial round.

Adding to the convention's unpredictability, former President Donald Trump also found himself in the spotlight, albeit briefly. Trump was nominated from the floor but was quickly disqualified by Libertarian Party Chair Angela McArdile due to his failure to submit the required nominating papers.

Trump's presence at the convention was not without controversy. Addressing the delegates, he received a mix of responses, with a notable portion expressing their disapproval through boos. His nomination, albeit symbolic, earned him six write-in votes, further highlighting the division within the party.

Amid these high-profile nominations, another unexpected name surfaced—Stormy Daniels, who is notably linked to Trump through past legal entanglements, received one vote from the delegates, underscoring the convention's unusual character this year.

Chase Oliver Emerges as Party Favorite

As the rounds of voting progressed, it became clear that Chase Oliver was gathering significant support among the delegates. After seven rounds of intense deliberation, Oliver secured the Libertarian nomination, signaling a preferred direction for the party's presidential campaign.

Despite his early elimination, Kennedy remained focused on advocating for a broader political coalition. He addressed the delegates after his defeat, urging unity among independents and third-party advocates to challenge the dominance of the established political parties.

Kennedy articulated a vision of collaboration, emphasizing his alignment with Libertarian values on free-market principles, non-interventionist foreign policy, and staunch support for constitutional rights, particularly criticizing the policies during the Trump administration concerning COVID-19.

His brief campaign within the Libertarian Party highlighted his intent to bridge divides between various political factions, despite criticisms from within the party about his motivations and alignment with Libertarian ideals.

Tim O’Brien, a Libertarian delegate, voiced a common skepticism about Kennedy's intentions, suggesting his involvement was more about opportunism than genuine commitment to the party's philosophy.

The tensions between Kennedy and Trump have escalated as the election approaches, with Trump's advisors labeling Kennedy as a potential spoiler in the race, threatening to split the conservative vote. Meanwhile, Kennedy's poll numbers show a rising appeal among disenchanted voters from both major parties.

Nicole Shanahan, Kennedy's running mate, commented on the potential synergies with the Libertarian Party, emphasizing the relevance of their combined efforts in the current political landscape. However, her planned speech was canceled following Kennedy's early exit.


The Libertarian Party's convention this year was marked by unexpected developments, from Kennedy's and Trump's contentious nominations to the surprising emergence of Chase Oliver as the nominee.

Kennedy's campaign, though brief within the Libertarian context, highlighted the ongoing tensions and potential realignments within American political culture, as independents and third-party candidates seek new paths forward in a polarized environment.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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