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DeSantis to Announce 2024 Presidential Bid on Wednesday

© AP Photo / Wilfredo LeeFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.05.2023
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to announce on Wednesday that he will run for US president in the 2024 election, a source confirmed to Sputnik.
DeSantis is set to make his announcement at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday during a live audio discussion with Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter.
Late Tuesday, the Florida governor retweeted a 30-second ad that appeared to show him walking on stage to a cheering crowd as an American flag is seen hanging in the distance.Casey, DeSantis' wife, initially shared the video with the caption: "America is worth the fight... Every. Single. Time."
The 44-year-old DeSantis has served as governor of the state of Florida since January 2019, but recently emerged as former President Donald Trump's top challenger for the Republican ticket to the White House in 2024.

The Florida governor has won Republican voters over with his anti-COVID-19 restrictions policies, the deployment of Florida law enforcement officers to bolster security on the US southern border, transporting immigrants to so-called sanctuary jurisdictions and supporting restrictive LGBTQ laws in Florida.

DeSantis also signed a state law that would limit Chinese purchases of farm land and property located near US military sites in Florida.

 Former US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2022 (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.04.2023
Trump Outstrips DeSantis in His Backyard
However, according to political analysis website Real Clear Politics, Trump holds a 37-point lead over DeSantis among Republican voters as of Tuesday evening.
The Trump camp was quick to react to the Tuesday news, with a spokesperson telling US media a Twitter announcement was "perfect" for DeSantis since "he doesn't have to interact with people and the media can't ask him any questions."
DeSantis is expected to appears on Fox News after the Twitter event.
Earlier this year, DeSantis went on a world tour to boost his foreign policy credentials, visiting US allied states such as Israel, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
DeSantis served in the US Navy from 2004 to 2019 as a prosecutor, which included brief stints in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He also served as a legal adviser to SEAL Team 1.

The latest development comes just weeks after the Florida legislature ensured that a sitting governor would not have to resign from his post in order to run as a contender in a presidential election.

The measure specifically notes that an officeholder would not have to step down if they're seeking a bid for either the US presidency or vice presidency.

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