Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to File Candidacy for South Carolina GOP Presidential Primary

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to become the first Republican candidate to file his candidacy for South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary. He will visit the Palmetto State next week to officially submit the paperwork at the state GOP headquarters located in Columbia, the capital city of South Carolina.

During his third campaign swing through South Carolina, DeSantis will make his candidacy official. This state has been a hub for Republican hopefuls for over a year now. Prior to filing his paperwork, DeSantis will make a stop in Tega Cay, an affluent community on Lake Wylie along the state line with North Carolina.

Once the candidacy paperwork is signed, DeSantis plans to roll out a new policy in Columbia. The specific details of this policy announcement have not yet been released by the campaign. This will be DeSantis’ second policy announcement, following his immigration proposals that were outlined during a previous visit to a Texas border city. These proposals involve ending birthright citizenship and completing the construction of the southern border wall.

South Carolina Trip Adds to DeSantis’ Presidential Campaign

DeSantis’ South Carolina trip comes after a GOP gathering in Iowa where he and other potential candidates, excluding former President Trump, attended the Family Leadership Summit. The upcoming months will see more events in Iowa, as voters start seriously considering their choices leading up to the leadoff caucuses. The field of Republican presidential candidates is working hard to gain support and challenge Trump’s current lead in the race.

The South Carolina GOP presidential primary is scheduled for February 24. This state is crucial for Republican candidates and has shown strong support for Trump in his previous campaigns. South Carolina also has two 2024 candidates of its own, former Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott.

DeSantis Plans Donor Meeting in New York

In addition to his visit to South Carolina, DeSantis will head to Southampton, New York, next week for a private meeting with donors. During this meeting, he will address questions from major East Coast donors regarding the viability of his campaign. DeSantis intends to emphasize that he is playing the “long game” against Trump, despite his current lag in polls.

Donors who are concerned about the polls have been advised by those close to DeSantis and the governor himself to “ignore the noise.” They assert that media Democrats are purposefully creating trouble in order to secure Trump as the nominee and ensure President Biden’s victory due to perceived baggage associated with Trump.

The Republican congressional delegation from New York has mostly refrained from endorsing either Trump or DeSantis. However, a recent DeSantis fundraiser in Rockland County faced some organizational difficulties among local party leaders. As a result, the venue was changed from Republican Rep. Mike Lawler’s district, which remains a key target for Democrats in 2024.

This content was originally written by NYNNC. Modified by OpenAI.

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