According to a new report from the Washington Post, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has privately declared that he is pursue the nomination of the Republican Party for president in 2024.
It was revealed by The Washington Post that he had in fact made remarks confirming this but not in public.
The news comes as DeSantis had decided to make uncharacteristic journeys outside of Florida, another obvious sign he is likely contemplating a Presidential run.
In addition to Nevada, the governor of Florida has been to the city of Davenport in Iowa.
In the run-up to the midterm elections of the previous year, DeSantis made a similar trip outside of Florida’s boundaries, this time campaigning for Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania and J.D. Vance in Ohio.
The Washington Post reports that even though DeSantis seems to have made up his mind about running for President, it is unlikely that he would make a formal announcement of his candidacy until until the end of the Florida legislature session in May.
There is little doubt that DeSantis has a significant amount of support amongst the Republican electorate.
In recent years, he has been successful in luring financial support away from the administration of President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, a former official in the Trump administration, Ken Cuccinelli, formed a new political action committee while also urging DeSantis to run for office.
Trump is plainly concerned that DeSantis may unseat him as the leader of the Republican Party despite the fact that many polls still show Trump to be technically in the lead in a hypothetical battle between himself and DeSantis.
Since he took office, the former president has been persistent in his attacks against DeSantis, claiming that he is a Jeb Bush-loving globalist RINO in addition to other various insults.
He has also implied, without providing any evidence, that DeSantis is a pedophile.
According to a recent poll conducted by the Des Moines Register and Mediacom Iowa, although a significant number of Iowa Republicans continue to support Donald Trump, the former president is seeing his popularity decrease as campaigning continues to heat up in front of Iowa’s 2024 presidential caucuses.
From reaching their highest point in September 2021, Trump’s favorability ratings among Republicans in the state that holds the first-in-the-nation caucuses have been progressively declining ever since the president began a third run for the White House during the end of last year.
Since June 2021, the number of Iowa Republicans who indicate they would “absolutely” cast their ballot for him if he were the party’s nominee for president in 2024 has decreased by more than 20 percentage points, and this trend has continued.