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Who is Nicole Shanahan? More on RFK Jr.’s VP pick; why she’s in Maine

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Nicole Shanahan, the running mate of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., will appear at a rally in Maine on Thursday as the campaign continues its efforts to qualify for national state ballots.

The meeting, entitled “Who is Bobby Kennedy?” The aim is to “raise awareness” about the third candidate and show voters they have a “third choice,” the campaign said. It takes place in Kittery, ME, a town just across the border from New Hampshire on the coast.

Who is Nicole Shanahan?

Shanahan is a lawyer and philanthropist who runs a foundation that funds women’s reproductive science and criminal justice. She is a registered Democrat. Kennedy selected her as his vice presidential running mate in March.

Shanahan is largely unknown nationally and has no board experience, but she has ties to Silicon Valley. As the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, she is wealthy and had donated more than $4 million to Kennedy’s campaign before she was elected, including more than half of his $7 million Super Bowl commercial.

Why is Nicole Shanahan in Maine?

Shanahan will be in Kittery on Wednesday for the first of three rallies for Kennedy in Maine. She is expected to address attendees and hold a question and answer session.

Her appearance comes as Kennedy continues to try to appear on state ballots across the country.

Kennedy is not yet on the ballot in Maine. According to Maine’s secretary of state, the campaign has not yet yielded any signatures. But he still has time: The deadline to file a nonpartisan petition to get on the ballot in Maine is July 25. Kennedy will need to collect at least 4,000 signatures from registered voters in Maine.

Voting petitions will be available for voters to sign at any event in Maine.

Where does RFK Jr. stand? on the ballot?

According to the campaign, Kennedy and Shanahan are officially on the ballot in seven states, including Utah, Michigan, California, Delaware, Oklahoma, Hawaii and Texas.

They said they have also collected enough signatures to access ballots in nine other states: New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey and, most recently, New York. On Tuesday, the campaign announced that it had collected more than 135,000 signatures seeking ballot access in New York.

Kennedy has not yet received enough state votes to collect the 270 electoral votes needed to qualify for the presidential debates to be hosted by CNN and ABC. He must reach that number by June 20.

While third-party candidates are unlikely to win the election, Kennedy could receive votes from President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

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