Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is reportedly now set to become the first Republican to declare his campaign for South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary.
According to his team, DeSantis will submit the paperwork on Tuesday at the South Carolina GOP’s state headquarters in Columbia.
During his third campaign trip through South Carolina, where Republican candidates have been canvassing for more than a year, DeSantis will formally announce his candidacy.
He is anticipated to make a visit in Tega Cay, a wealthy neighborhood on Lake Wylie close to the North Carolina state line, on Monday.
DeSantis intends to do a policy launch in Columbia when he officially declares his candidacy.
The specifics of this rollout were not immediately made public by the campaign.
After outlining his immigration policies during a visit to a Texas border community in June, which call for removing birthright citizenship and completing building of the southern border wall, DeSantis will make his second policy announcement soon.
After a Friday GOP event in Iowa, where DeSantis and other contenders were scheduled to speak at the Family Leadership Summit, but not current front-runner former President Trump, the travel to South Carolina follows.
It is just one of many events that will take place in Iowa over the next few weeks as voters start to more carefully consider their options in the six months left before the leadoff caucuses and the vast field of Republican presidential candidates works to build bases of support to challenge Trump’s early lead in the race.
The Republican presidential primary in South Carolina is scheduled for February 24.
The state is important for Republican presidential candidates and has been a major foundation of support for Trump in his prior elections. It also has two indigenous 2024 prospects, former governor Nikki Haley and senator Tim Scott.