This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Joe Biden could be facing a disastrous defeat in the 2024 presidential election, assuming he's still in the hunt then, if Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr. would offer voters a third-party candidacy.
That's according to a report from Newsweek, which revealed that one-third of Democrat voters likely would support him.
The results, from Rasmussen Reports, confirmed that combination of factors would undoubtedly hand the White House to President Donald Trump, who then would become only the second president to be re-elected ever to serve non-consecutive terms.
The survey said 57% of likely Democratic voters plan to support Biden in the Democratic primaries, to the 25% committed to Kennedy.
"Kennedy, the nephew of murdered President John F. Kennedy, has emerged as Joe Biden's closest challenger for the 2024 Democratic Party since announcing his White House bid in April. Despite his party affiliation, Kennedy has received a sympathetic hearing from many conservatives, thanks to his coronavirus vaccine scepticism, with Fox News star Sean Hannity describing him as the Democrats' 'best option' to beat Biden," the report said.
Positive signs from the polling include 41% of Democrats who have at least a somewhat favorable view of him, along with 56% of GOP members and 49% of independents.
In all, 49% of likely voters view him favorably.
If the 2024 race, then, is a rerun of the 2020 event between Trump and Biden, and Kennedy pursues the White House as an independent, "33% of Democratic voters would 'likely' vote for him," the poll said.
Given the close numbers from 2020, that would cost Biden millions of votes, and the White House.
Rasmussen contacted 998 "U.S. likely voters" by telephone and online survey from September 17-18.
The report noted that had only one-third of Biden's voters backed a third party in 2020, he would have lost "just under 27 million votes," and would not have won the White House.