Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, will officially launch his campaign for president on Wednesday evening during an appearance with Elon Musk on Twitter, sources told Fox News.
The announcement will reportedly take place at 6 p.m. ET. Casey DeSantis, the governor’s wife, appeared to confirm the news on Twitter.
“Big if true…,” she tweeted, along with a smiley face emoji.
DeSantis, who is widely considered former President Donald Trump’s top competitor for the Republican nomination, plans to file the required Federal Election Commission paperwork before formally announcing his run.
Trump has ramped up his attacks on DeSantis in recent weeks and continues to refer to the Florida governor as “DeSanctimonious.”
On Tuesday, Trump shared a Gateway Pundit article on Truth Social entitled, “WAYNE ROOT: Ron DeSantis, Please STAND DOWN for the Good of the GOP and America.”
“As I said – Ron is unelectable. I am up on Crooked Joe Biden by, at least, 7 and Ron DeSanctimonious is losing by 4. His ‘campaign’ has been a total disaster!” Trump posted on the platform.
Trump also accused Fox News of featuring inaccurate polls that show DeSantis would perform better against President Joe Biden.
“Laura Ingraham on FoxNews just did a hit piece on me (there go her ratings!) showing some polls which indicate that Ron DeSanctimonious may do better against Biden than I would, when actually polls show that I do MUCH better against Biden than ‘Rob,'” Trump wrote. “The poll your looking at now, which has me doing far better against Crooked Joe, was just put out by FOX, I am sure unhappily. I’m also leading DeSanctus by over 40 points in Primary Voting. Watch Greg Kelly on Newsmax at 10:00 P.M.”
In addition to Trump and DeSantis, other Republicans who have thrown their hat in the ring include popular conservative Larry Elder, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.