Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is expected to join the 2024 presidential race next week. According to a source familiar with the matter, DeSantis, who is serving his second term as governor, is going to be filing the formal paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) next week. These news were first reported by the Wall Street Journal and then corroborated by the source’s remarks to Fox News.
Next week DeSantis is also set to have a meeting in Miami, Florida with top financial backers. However, DeSantis is not yet able to receive or ask for any contributions to his presidential campaign as he has not yet officially declared his candidacy. As soon as the FEC filing is completed, DeSantis would be allowed to fundraise and accept donations during the gathering in Miami.
During the latest midterm election cycle, DeSantis set a fundraising record and had $110 million cash on hand at the start of this spring handled by his fundraising committee. A large part of those funds is expected to be given to Never Back Down, a super PAC supporting DeSantis ’presidential campaign.
This is not the only move that DeSantis has made lately which has led to people believing that he would be announcing his official campaign soon. On Monday, his political team moved to the new Florida headquarters. Furthermore, the governor has made several stops to key primary states in recent months and expanded his political team. All of these signs clearly show that he is preparing to launch a bid for the White House in 2024.