Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially entered the 2024 presidential race.
DeSantis filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Wednesday afternoon ahead of his highly-anticipated special live-streamed event on Twitter with the platform’s owner, Elon Musk. With his entrance into the race, many political pundits and analysts now view the Republican Party primary as a two-horse race between DeSantis and former President Donald Trump — both of whom are polling significantly higher than the rest of the field.
The 44-year-old governor was born in Jacksonville, but was raised on the other side of the state in Dunedin. DeSantis excelled in academics and athletics growing up, eventually playing baseball at Yale and later obtaining his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School. After law school, DeSantis joined the U.S. Navy as a JAG officer and was deployed to Iraq as an adviser to U.S. Navy SEALs in Fallujah and Ramadi.