JUST IN: DeSantis Reportedly Not Seeking Trump’s Endorsement in Reelection Bid

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not plan to seek former President Donald Trump‘s formal endorsement while running for reelection this year, Politico reported Wednesday.

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DeSantis has become a force in Republican circles, with talk of a possible 2024 presidential run. Four people connected to the governor and former president told Politico that DeSantis had not asked Trump for the former president’s endorsement and wasn’t planning to.

“[DeSantis is] a Cat 5 hurricane in Florida politics — and in a good way if you are a Republican,” veteran GOP consultant Anthony Pedicini told Politico.

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“He is a force of nature.”

Dave Abrams, a spokesperson for DeSantis’ reelection campaign, declined to comment to Politico on whether the governor was seeking Trump’s backing.

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A person familiar with Trump’s endorsement process told the outlet that if DeSantis asked for the former president’s backing, “he would endorse him.”

Trump hasn’t said whether he will run for president in 2024, though he has told supporters they will be “very happy” with his ultimate decision.

That could set up a potential contest between Trump and DeSantis for the Republican presidential nomination. Continue reading at Newsmax.