DeSantis was widely praised by Republicans after his historic Florida reelection win last November.
Ron DeSantis filed paperwork on Wednesday to run for president after months of anticipation, putting the Florida governor in direct competition with former President Donald Trump for the heart of the Republican Party.
His entry into the race came ahead of an expected Twitter Spaces session with Elon Musk on Wednesday night, where he had planned to announce his campaign.
DeSantis, who has been visiting battleground and early voting states for more than a year, was widely praised by Republicans after his historic Florida reelection win last November. But his poll numbers slipped after Trump spent months attacking him.
He will wage his campaign on two fronts: persuading Republicans that Trump’s baggage will weigh him down in the general election, while lambasting the Democratic president, Joe Biden, as a weak executive beholden to the left.
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