Illinois Gov. Pritzker Warns Democrats Against Voting Third-Party in 2024

Illinois Gov. Pritzker warns Democrats: Backing anyone other than Biden in 2024 is "throwing away" votes. Kennedy's candidacy hurts Trump more than Biden, but Pritzker says only Biden and Trump can win.

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Warns Democrats Against Voting Third-Party in 2024

Illinois Gov. Pritzker Warns Democrats Against Voting Third-Party in 2024

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has issued a strong caution to Democrats ahead of the November 2024 presidential election: supporting anyone other than President Joe Biden would be "throwing away" their vote. Pritzker dismissed concerns about the potential impact of third-party candidates like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the race.

Kennedy, who is running as an independent, has gained attention in recent weeks as he continues to work to get his name on the ballot in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. A new NBC News poll found that Kennedy's candidacy is cutting deeper into former President Donald Trump's support than Biden's, with 15% of Trump voters backing Kennedy in a five-way ballot compared to 7% of Biden voters.

However, Pritzker emphasized that there are only two candidates with a viable chance to victory in November - Biden and Trump. "People understand that there are two people who can win the presidency of the United States. It's Joe Biden and Donald Trump," Pritzker said. "And if you vote for somebody else, you're throwing away your vote."

Why this matters: The 2024 presidential election is shaping up to be a closely contested race, with the potential for third-party candidates to play a significant role. The impact of Kennedy's candidacy on the race between Biden and Trump could have major implications for the outcome of the election.

The Biden campaign has actively tried to gain endorsements from Kennedy, with the president holding an event with members of the Kennedy family who are endorsing him over their relative. The Democratic party is also paying much closer attention to Kennedy than it has to past third-party candidates, mobilizing new super PACs and an arm of the Democratic National Committee focused on reducing the pull of his candidacy.

Despite the concerns about Kennedy's potential impact, Pritzker remains confident in Biden's chances of winning reelection. "I think that people are going to vote for Joe Biden, because he's been a very effective president with a very high approval rating," Pritzker said. He also emphasized the importance of seven key swing states - Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona - for Biden's reelection prospects.

Key Takeaways

  • IL Gov. Pritzker warns Dems to back Biden, not 3rd-party candidates
  • RFK Jr.'s candidacy hurts Trump more than Biden, per NBC poll
  • Pritzker confident Biden will win reelection, cites swing state focus
  • Biden campaign seeks Kennedy family endorsements, Dems mobilize against RFK Jr.
  • 2024 race could be closely contested, with 3rd-party impact a key factor