Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will reportedly jump into the 2024 presidential race mid-May.
According to NBC News, DeSantis will launch his presidential exploratory committee in a couple weeks.
NBC News reported:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to jump into the presidential fray as soon as mid-May, four GOP operatives familiar with the conversations told NBC News.
One of the sources emphasized that it would be an exploratory committee, with the official launch coming soon after.
Some of his backers are urging him to declare as early as May 11, in an effort to counter the creeping national narrative that former President Donald Trump is the overwhelming front-runner for the 2024 GOP nomination. Others in the governor’s orbit, however, have argued that that date would be too soon, according to two of those sources. All emphasized, however, that mid-May is the target.
DeSantis, long viewed as Trump’s strongest Republican challenger in 2024, has traveled far outside Florida in recent weeks to raise his profile. But some of DeSantis’ allies have started to question his readiness as his poll numbers have lagged and he has fell victim of a series of self-inflicted wounds.
A new Premise poll of 1,509 registered voters conducted March 16–21 shows President Trump leading Ron DeSantis in a landslide 31 points in the primary.
DeSantis only leads Joe Biden by one point in the same poll for the General Election, and Trump gained one point over Biden from a recent poll conducted February 15-16.
🇺🇲 2024 Presidential Election Poll
(R) Trump: 47% (+6)
(D) Biden: 41%
(R) DeSantis: 39% (+1)
(D) Biden: 38%
Net 8-point swing towards Trump from February 19 poll (was: 42/44 – Biden +2)@premisedata (B/C) | 1,509 RV | 03/16-21https://t.co/OeAkzfniYp pic.twitter.com/2Tjn1apSiQ
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) March 22, 2023