DeSantis Makes 2024 Run Official

He files paperwork with Federal Election Commission
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2023 9:25 AM CDT
Updated May 24, 2023 2:22 PM CDT
Report: DeSantis Will Officially Enter Race Next Week
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during an Iowa GOP reception, Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   (Nick Rohlman/The Gazette via AP)
UPDATE May 24, 2023 2:22 PM CDT

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is officially running for president. The Republican filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, hours before a 6pm ET Twitter Spaces session with Elon Musk in which he is expected to launch his campaign, the AP reports. DeSantis enters the race behind front-runner Donald Trump in the polls but well ahead of other challengers. Today's move puts DeSantis "in direct competition" with Trump for "the heart of the Republican Party," per Politico.

May 18, 2023 9:25 AM CDT

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, long seen as a rival to former President Trump for the GOP nomination, is getting ready to make it official. Sources tell outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post that DeSantis plans to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission next week to formally declare his candidacy. The sources say major DeSantis donors will gather at a Miami hotel next week ahead of a planned fundraising blitz. According to the Post's sources, DeSantis also plans to hold a campaign launch event in his hometown, Dunedin, after Memorial Day.

CBS reports that the governor's political operation moved to new offices in Tallahassee on Monday, triggering a federal campaign law that will require him to register as a candidate within 15 days. DeSantis is far behind Trump in the polls, though he has a large lead over other GOP challengers and analysts believe his numbers will get a boost when he officially launches his campaign. (More Ron DeSantis stories.)

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