(SNews) – Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is planning to officially enter the 2024 presidential race next week, according to multiple media reports.
DeSantis is expected to hold an event to launch his candidacy in his hometown of Dunedin, Florida.
According to The Wall Street Journal, DeSantis will file formal paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) declaring his candidacy around the time he is meeting with big-money donors to shore up support in Miami on May 25.
Other Republican candidates who declared include President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and radio host Larry Elder.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is also expected to enter the race soon.
Meanwhile, a super PAC supporting DeSantis has been running ads in key primary states.
DeSantis was just in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation GOP caucus state, where he took some swipes at Trump.
“Governing is not about building a brand or talking on social media and virtue signaling,” DeSantis said.
“It’s ultimately about winning and about producing results.”
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According to Fox News:
The popular two-term conservative governor will file formal paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) next week to declare his candidacy for president, sources familiar with the governor’s decision confirm to Fox News.
The filing by DeSantis will coincide with his meeting next week in Miami, Florida with top financial backers, one source told Fox Digital.
By law, DeSantis cannot receive or ask for contributions for a presidential campaign unless he has formally declared his candidacy.
By filing with the FEC, DeSantis would be free to solicit donations from donors at the gathering in Miami, which would set in motion a likely fundraising blitz.