Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has filed paperwork to run for US president ahead of expected public announcement on Twitter
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a Heritage Foundation event last month in Maryland. © Getty Images / Anna Moneymaker
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made his candidacy for US president official, setting up a showdown with former backer Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s 2024 nomination.
The DeSantis campaign submitted a filing to the US Federal Election Commission confirming his run for president on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the governor is expected to make a public announcement on Twitter. He has long been considered a top contender for the Republican nomination, drawing the ire of former president Trump.
Voter sentiment appeared to be trending in DeSantis’ favor last November, after he won re-election by the largest margin for a Florida governor in 40 years and helped congressional candidates on the state’s Republican ticket fare better than expected. In fact, a February poll by Yahoo/YouGov indicated that DeSantis had a 45%-41% lead over Trump. Several high-profile candidates endorsed by Trump in the congressional midterms performed worse than expected and lost their races.