Florida Gov. DeSantis reportedly set to launch presidential bid next week


The contest to become the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nominee is heating up, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reportedly poised to have an official launch for his campaign next week.

See: DeSantis to officially launch presidential bid next week: WSJ

Also read: As legislative session ends in Florida, it’s decision time for DeSantis

Former President Donald Trump formally kicked off his White House campaign in November, and among the other Republicans who have announced their 2024 bids are Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as well as former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and longshot candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.

The first official debate of the GOP presidential primary is slated to be held in Milwaukee in August.

On the Democratic side, President Joe Biden kicked off his re-election campaign in late April, with the move coming even as most Americans don’t approve of his performance. The president is talking up the strong job market and his legislative record.

Below is MarketWatch’s list of potential Republican presidential contenders and the status of their candidacies.

Name Title Reports or statements on candidacy
Greg Abbott Texas governor Abbott strategist said governor “will take a look at the situation” after state’s legislative session ends in late May, but Abbott has passed on speaking in Iowa, a key state
John Bolton Former national-security adviser, former ambassador to United Nations He has said he may run for president in 2024
Liz Cheney Former Wyo. congresswoman She has said she hasn’t made a decision about a 2024 run, but has run a TV ad in New Hampshire, a key state
Chris Christie Former N.J. governor He said in late March that he’ll make decision on a run in the next 60 days
Ted Cruz U.S. senator from Texas He said he won’t seek the GOP presidential nomination, instead aiming for re-election in Senate
Ron DeSantis Florida governor He looks poised to announce his bid in around May 25
Larry Elder Conservative radio host He announced his run in April
Nikki Haley Former ambassador to United Nations, former S.C. governor She announced her run in February
Larry Hogan Former Md. governor He said in early March he won’t run
Asa Hutchinson Former Ark. governor He said in April that he’s running 
Brian Kemp Ga. governor He said in March that he’s not running
Kristi Noem S.D. governor She has said she hasn’t ruled out a presidential run
Mike Pence Former vice president A new super PAC is supporting his expected candidacy, and his announcement could come in June
Mike Pompeo Former CIA director and secretary of state He announced in April that he has decided against a run
Vivek Ramaswamy Entrepreneur and author known for criticizing ESG investing as “wokeism” He announced his candidacy in February
Mike Rogers Former Mich. congressman He suggested an announcement on a run may come in “late spring, early summer
Tim Scott U.S. senator for S.C. He said he’ll make an announcement on May 22
Francis Suarez Mayor of Miami, Fla. He tweeted on May 12 that “big decisions” are ahead for him about a possible run
Chris Sununu N.H. governor He said he plans to decide around mid-June
Donald Trump Former president He announced in November that he’s running
Glenn Youngkin Va. governor He said he won’t campaign to be president this year, but reportedly hasn’t made a decision on a run

The list above features relatively high-profile names, but there are lesser-known GOP presidential hopefuls as well, such as Aaron Day, who is known in part for his 2016 run against former New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte; Perry Johnson, a former gubernatorial candidate in Michigan; Steve Laffey, a former Cranston, R.I., mayor; and former Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.

Democrats seem to be closing ranks behind Biden, although author and activist Marianne Williamson said she’s seeking the party’s nomination again and vigorously defended her decision to challenge the president in an extensive question-and-answer session with MarketWatch. Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also is mounting a longshot challenge to Biden, as he held a kickoff event for his campaign in April.

Now read: Nikki Haley says ‘no Republican president will have the ability to ban abortion nationwide’

Also: Biden criticizes DeSantis over his Medicaid stance while in Florida

Robert Schroeder contributed to this article.

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