DeSantis to announce presidential bid with Elon Musk on Twitter

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, long seen as Donald Trump’s leading rival for the Republican nomination, plans to launch his 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday in an online conversation with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

Governor DeSantis, an outspoken cultural conservative, will outline his plans in an evening audio event streamed on Twitter Spaces, according to the two people. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the announcement publicly.

The two-term governor would be joining a crowded Republican contest to decide whether the party will move on from Mr. Trump in 2024. Mr. DeSantis has embraced Mr. Trump’s combative style and many of his policies but casts himself as a younger and more electable version of the former president.

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