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Robert F. Kennedy Jr said Monday he was quitting the race for the Democratic US presidential nomination to run as an independent — a move that could shake up a tight election by siphoning votes from the main candidates.

A rematch between President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump is by far the most likely scenario in 2024, and a third-party hopeful taking even a few votes from Biden in swing states could spell disaster for the Democrat.

Many analysts however believe that Kennedy, a long-time anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist and a darling of conservative U.S. media, would harm Trump more than Biden.

"I've come here today to declare our independence from the tyranny of corruption which robs us of affordable lives, our belief in the future and our respect for each other," the son of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy told supporters in Philadelphia.

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