GOP Sen. Tim Scott Officially Enters 2024 Presidential Race – Senator Tim Scott has made his official entry into the 2024 presidential race by submitting the necessary paperwork on Friday. This decision by the sole African American Republican in the Senate comes in light of recent revelations that his campaign has purchased over $5 million worth of advertisements in the initial two primary states.
Senator Tim Scott, representing South Carolina, is set to compete against former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and other declared candidates such as former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson for the Republican nomination in the upcoming presidential race. Another contender expected to join the race is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who, like Scott, has already made visits to the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
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At 57 years old, Scott will enter the Republican primary with an unprecedented $22 million cash on hand, the highest amount ever held by a presidential candidate, according to Federal Election Commission records. In a video announcement made last month, Scott emphasized that the country is currently grappling with divisions comparable to those witnessed during the Civil War.
“Joe Biden and the radical left have chosen a culture of grievance over greatness,” he said in the announcement for his exploratory committee. “They’re promoting victimhood instead of personal responsibility. And they’re indoctrinating our children to believe we live in an evil country.” He has advocated for Americans to adopt a mindset of “hope” rather than “victimhood.”
According to a poll conducted by Winthrop University in April, only 7% of South Carolina Republicans express support for Scott’s presidential campaign. In the same poll, former President Trump leads with 41% support, followed by Governor DeSantis at 20% and Nikki Haley at 18%. Former Vice President Mike Pence, whose anticipated bid for the GOP nomination is highly anticipated, has not yet made an official announcement. However, similar to Trump, DeSantis, Haley, and Scott, he has been making visits to primary states.
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In addition to the prominent contenders, several longshot Republican campaigns have emerged, including those by entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, conservative radio host Larry Elder, and businessmen Perry Johnson and Ryan Binkley. On Monday, Scott will be making a “major announcement” regarding his campaign at his alma mater, Charleston Southern University, located in North Charleston. Jennifer Casper, a longtime aide, is leading his presidential campaign.