First it was former President Donald Trump, now the party of “democracy” is working to kick another candidate off the Michigan ballot.

“A national group called Clear Choice has hired election lawyer Mark Brewer, former Michigan Democratic Party chairman, to challenge (Robert F.) Kennedy’s position on the ballot,” Detroit News reporter Craig Mauger recently posted to X.

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The revelation came as Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, announced he will appear on the Michigan ballot as a presidential candidate for the Natural Law Party alongside vice presidential nominee Nicole Shanahan, an attorney and tech entrepreneur from California.

It’s the second state – and first swing state – where Kennedy has won ballot access, after already securing ballot access in Utah. The Kennedy-Shanahan ticket has submitted all the necessary signatures in New Hampshire, Nevada, Hawaii, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska and Iowa, with plans in the works for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Kennedy campaign.

That momentum is giving Democrats heartburn, and they’re employing a number of tactics to protect President Biden’s changes for re-election.

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“From rallying Kennedy’s family around President Biden, to dumping opposition research and holding press briefings about how he helps former President Trump, Democrats watching Kennedy qualify for more state ballots are pulling out all the stops to prevent him from hurting Biden in the fall,” The Hill reports.

“In 2016, we saw the impact that third-party candidates had on the election,” Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright, told the news site. “And we also saw potentially a fault line of not educating enough (about) what votes for those candidates could mean long term for the country.”

“We’re now feeling the results of the 2016 election in 2024,” he said.

“We’re going to make sure he’s playing by the rules and we’re going to make sure voters are educated about his extreme positions and who is propping up his spoiler candidacy,” Democratic National Committee spokesman Matt Corridoni told The Hill.

“Everyone thinks this is going to be decided on the head of a pin, so people are freaked out like never before,” one anonymous senior Democrat told NBC News.

The move to remove Kennedy from the Michigan ballot follows a similar failed effort to block former President Donald Trump.

The Michigan Supreme Court in December rejected Democrats’ argument Trump should be disqualified from appearing on the state’s primary ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding public office.

That ruling upheld a 3-0 decision by a Michigan Court of Appeals panel that found “who to place on the primary ballot is determined by the political parties and the individual candidates,” NBC News reports.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously restored Trump to 2024 presidential primary ballots, ending efforts in Colorado, Illinois, Maine, and elsewhere to remove him.

Assuming a similar fate with Kennedy, his name on the ballot in Michigan is expected to change the dynamic of the presidential contest in a state President Biden won by about 154,000 votes over Trump in 2020.

Many political insiders view Kennedy joining the ballot as bad news for Biden in Michigan, where he has struggled with both progressive and minority voters.

Kennedy’s campaign pointed to a Times/Siena poll of six key battleground states that put Kennedy at 26% in Michigan, just behind Biden at 31% and Trump at 34%. Other polling analyzed by The Midwesterner showed Kennedy’s candidacy helping Trump in Michigan.

That poll was before more than 100,000 Democrats voted “uncommitted” during the February primary to register their frustrations with the president’s handling of the war between Hamas and Israel. The uncommitted movement, along with a related “Abandon Biden” campaign, have vowed to oppose Biden in November unless he calls for a permanent ceasefire and halts all military aid to Israel.

Several of Michigan’s top elected Democrats have also spoken out about how the Biden campaign and state Democratic party is leaving minorities feeling “disaffected,” “disconnected,” and “neglected” in 2024.

“I would always say in the worst case scenario, Joe Biden is the lesser of two evils,” Wayne County Executive Warren Evans told The Detroit News. “But I don’t know that’s the decision people want to make in elections.”