(TargetLiberty.org) – Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has officially launched his presidential bid, making him the latest Republican to join the presidential race, which is currently led by former President Donald Trump. On Friday, Scott filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission ahead of his expected campaign launch.
Scott, who won his reelection campaign in November is now going to be joining the race against Trump, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy for the GOP nomination. He is also the second South Carolinian to join the race as Haley had previously served as the state’s former governor.
The Republican primary is expected to grow even more crowded in 2024, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also being expected to launch his presidential campaign next week. Other Republican figures have also stated they were considering placing a bid for the White House, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.
However, despite the number of challengers, Trump appears to be holding a steady lead and according to some polls, he holds a 40-point lead over DeSantis who is currently ranking second in most primary polls.
The first GOP presidential debate is scheduled in August in Milwaukee and it is expected to provide a platform for the GOP candidates to start developing their national platform.
President Biden has also announced his reelection campaign. He is going to be facing a number of candidates in the Democratic primary including progressive Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., anti-vaccine activist and member of the Kennedy family.
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