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FL Gov. DeSantis joins 2024 presidential race

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis entered the 2024 presidential race on Wednesday, stepping into a crowded Republican primary contest that will test both his national appeal as a cultural conservative stalwart and the GOP’s willingness to move on from former President Donald Trump. DeSantis won reelection for governor last year by a wide margin of 19 percentage points. He has remained popular in the state of Florida due to his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as pushing for legislation concerning parental rights in education, border security and abortion laws. But the governor’s legislation has also accumulated strong opposition from critics. The governor is likely to be the greatest threat to former President Donald Trump’s lead in the polls.


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