Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis enters 2023 in the spotlight as many GOP members are waiting to see whether he is going to launch a campaign for the White House. On Tuesday, DeSantis was sworn in for a second term in the governor’s mansion. During the ceremony, he spoke about all of his accomplishments in the past four years while also focusing on his agenda and priorities for his next term as governor.
However, despite DeSantis’ speech many Republicans are wondering whether he will truly remain the governor for the next 4 years or whether he is going to take the chance and launch a campaign for the White House, challenging former President Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
One Republican strategist said that it is becoming harder to consider any scenarios in which DeSantis is not going to run for the White House. Especially since everyone is currently watching him and trying to stay close to him.
While DeSantis has not yet made a final decision regarding making a presidential bid, many Republican sources claim that even if he were to launch a campaign he would not do so before the Florida legislature ends its 2023 session in May.
This has not stopped DeSantis’ popularity within the GOP, which is becoming even clearer now that Trump has officially launched his campaign. Early polling also shows that DeSantis is the only candidate so far that would be able to threaten Trump’s ambition to regain the White House.