After months of speculation, Ron DeSantis is allegedly getting ready to launch his formal bid for the presidency of the United States in 2024 next week.
According to two persons with knowledge of Mr. DeSantis’ plans, the Florida governor intends to submit official paperwork to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on May 25.
According to the story, the filing date will coincide with a donor gathering in Miami.
The DeSantis campaign has been contacted by The Independent for comment.
When Mr. DeSantis, 44, emerged from the crisis as a hardline Republican, he was first seen as a potential candidate for the GOP presidential nominee in 2021.
But Mr. DeSantis started to be viewed as a potential leader after the midterm elections in November, when he was re-elected Governor of Florida by a margin of about 20%.
Recent events seem to have cemented Mr. DeSantis’ status as a presidential contender, in part due to former president and current candidate Donald Trump.
Despite Mr. DeSantis’s lack of a formal campaign, Mr. Trump has attacked him over the past few months, criticizing his legislative record in Florida, downplaying his popularity with people, and comparing their polling results.
We’ll see if and when that changes, Mr. DeSantis said in response to a question about how he was trailing the former president in polls.
The governor of Florida has been evasive regarding a potential run for president, giving the press evasive responses and deflecting focus to his recent activities in Florida.
However, the general people, the media, and Mr. Trump continue to believe Mr. DeSantis is running.
If the stories regarding Mr. DeSantis’ debut are accurate, he would be the sixth Republican presidential candidate to officially open their campaign.
As of now, Mr. Trump, ex-South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, ex-Gov. of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and conservative public figure Larry Elder have declared their candidacies.
President Joe Biden of the Democratic Party declared his intention to run for re-election, and self-help author Marianne Williamson and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have also announced their candidacies.