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DeSantis to declare presidential run next week?

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that Florida Republican governor Ron DeSantis is expected to be announcing his run for president next week. DeSantis will be joining a GOP field which includes former President Donald Trump, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and talk show host Larry Elder.

A RealClearPolitics average of national polls has Trump leading the race with 56 percent support with DeSantis following at a distant second with 19.9 percent support. However, that support comes despite having not formally entered the race yet.

DeSantis’ camp reportedly will file formal candidacy paperwork with the Federal Election Commission next week. Donors are supposedly meting in Miami on May 25 and a formal campaign kickoff event is expected to follow.

National Review reports:

In early March, Ken Cuccinelli, who previously served as the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security under Trump, announced the launch of the Never Back Down PAC to urge DeSantis to run for president. The PAC has raised millions of dollars and may soon receive more than $80 million from a state committee DeSantis recently gave up control of, according to the report.

Indicators that DeSantis could be joining the race include moving his Tallahassee offices to a new location on Monday. “The move will likely cost more than $5,000, which would trigger a 15-day countdown for the team to file a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission” writes National Review.

DeSantis’s press secretary, Bryan Griffin, also announced he was exiting the governor’s office to “pursue other avenues of helping to deliver the governor’s success to our country.”

National Review writes:

DeSantis has already participated in a number of campaign-like events and made headlines over the weekend as he interacted one-on-one with voters in Iowa, shedding his reputation as a leader who struggles with retail politicking. He made an unscheduled appearance in Des Moines at a barbecue joint on Saturday while Trump, the front-runner, canceled his own rally in Des Moines that day because of “severe weather.”

The optics of the weekend in Iowa were a win for DeSantis, who also announced a day earlier the endorsements of more than three dozen Republicans in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. The endorsements, which amounted to more than a third of the Republicans in the state legislature, were more than any GOP candidate received in 2016. DeSantis also notched a flurry of endorsements in New Hampshire and Florida in recent days.

 

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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