Trump’s strongest rival for the Republican presidential nomination has officially begun

The 44-year-old politician is expected to announce his run for the Republican presidential nomination on social media on Wednesday. Ron DeSantis was re-elected to the governorship last November

He explains his political plans in the context of a conversation with owner Elon Musk on Twitter.

The Twitter owner said at a trade event in London on Tuesday that Ron DeSantis will “make a very big announcement” in what may be the first time the social media giant has made an announcement. on Twitter as planned The conversation between the governor and the businessman will begin at 6 p.m. Washington time.

In recent weeks, the Florida governor has given speeches in several states important to the Republican primaries, most recently in New Hampshire, where he talked about the direction of politics in Florida. In his speech in Iowa a week and a half ago, Ron DeSantis said that governance is not about entertaining and building your own brand or communicating through social media, it is about showing results.

According to a summary of public opinion polls conducted in the past four weeks — published by RealClearPolitics — within the Republican Party, Donald Trump is by far the most popular politician.

The former president has the support of 56 percent of Republican voters, while the Florida governor is supported by 19 percent.

The third most popular Republican politician is former Vice President Mike Pence with 5.6 percent, but he has neither announced nor hinted at his candidacy recently.

Among Republicans who have previously officially run for the presidency, the popularity of former UN ambassador Nikki Haley is 4.3 percent, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy is 3.6 percent, while Senator Tim Scott, who officially announced his candidacy on Monday, is currently 1.8 percent.

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