DeSantis instantly a top-tier contender in the 2024 GOP nomination race alongside former President Trump

Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport

After months of buildup and speculation, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is officially entering the 2024 White House race.

Sources familiar confirmed to Fox News that the popular conservative governor will declare that he’s a candidate for president on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET during a conversation with Elon Musk on Twitter.

Along with his announcement, DeSantis is expected to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, which officially launches his GOP presidential campaign. His first national TV interview following the announcement will be with Fox News’ Trey Gowdy Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on “Fox News Tonight.”

Even though he’s been on the 2024 sidelines, DeSantis for months has been in the top tier of Republican nomination contenders, behind former President Donald Trump and ahead of the rest of the field of actual and likely candidates in nearly every GOP primary poll.

Trump and his allies were quick to take aim at DeSantis.

“Announcing on Twitter is perfect for Ron DeSantis,” a Trump adviser told Fox News. “This way he doesn’t have to interact with people and the media can’t ask him any questions.”

The announcement by DeSantis coincides with his meeting this week in Miami with top financial backers.

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A formal campaign kickoff event will likely take place sometime after this week’s gathering of top donors and bundlers, but no details have been shared by the campaign.

The blockbuster move by the two-term Florida governor now turns the battle for the Republican nomination into an apparent two-person fistfight between DeSantis and Trump.

DeSantis, who at age 44 is more than three decades younger than Trump, won his first election as governor in 2018 thanks to a major assist from the then-president. But he became a force of his own as he’s built a political brand that stretches from coast to coast.

The governor saw his popularity soar among conservatives across the country over the past three years, courtesy of his forceful pushback against coronavirus pandemic restrictions and his aggressive actions as a culture warrior going after media, corporations, and school unions.

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