After months of speculation, Ron DeSantis has made it official. He’s running for president.
Close political observers weren’t shocked by the Florida governor’s entry to the race. In recent weeks, he’s made all the typical moves of someone hoping to shine on the national stage: He’s appeared in early 2024 primary states on a book tour; he’s traveled internationally and a super PAC backing his run has raised gobs of money.
Polls show that although former President Donald Trump has a commanding early lead in the race for the Republican nomination, DeSantis is a serious contender.
That’s a stunning development given that DeSantis was a relatively unknown U.S. representative just five years ago.
How did DeSantis rise to national prominence? Check out this video we put together.