WASHINGTON (TND) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will head to the nation's capital next week to meet with congressional Republicans ahead of his expected announcement to run for president in 2024.
The National Desk (TND) has independently verified that the Republican governor of the Sunshine State will participate in a policy discussion in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, hosted by a nonprofit backing DeSantis as the GOP's next presidential candidate called "And to the Republic."
The event is being put on in partnership with the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Well-known Republican lawmakers such as, Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., Darin LaHood, R-Ill., Thomas Massie, R-Ky., Chip Roy, R-Texas and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah will reportedly be in attendance.
The visit to the nation's capital to talk policy comes amid a bump in GOP primary polling in favor of former President Donald Trump, who has already announced his bid to run for President in 2024.
DeSantis appeared to be gaining steam over Trump at the end of last year and the early part of 2023, but since Trump's indictment by a New York grand jury, the former president's GOP primary polling has started surging again.
According to polling group Morning Consult, Trump is leading DeSantis by 33-points. Polling from FiveThirtyEight gives Trump a more modest lead over DeSantis, but their polling over the last month shows Trump gaining momentum while DeSantis is losing his.
On Thursday, South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott announced his decision to launch an exploratory committee for a potential 2024 run.
Other contenders and potential contenders for the 2024 Republican nomination for president besides Scott, DeSantis and Trump include former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, American entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former Vice President Mike Pence and former Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.