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Another Florida Republican backs Trump for president

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GOP Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida has endorsed former President Donald Trump for president, joining a group of Sunshine State Republicans who have thrown their support behind Trump even as the possibility that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may throw his hat into the ring looms large.

"There is only one leader at this time in our nation’s history who can seize this moment and deliver what we need - to get us back on track, provide strength and resolve, and Make America Great Again. That is why I am honored to endorse President Donald J. Trump for President in 2024, and I ask my fellow Americans to join me today," Donalds said in a statement.

Republican Reps. Anna Paulina Luna and Matt Gaetz, both of Florida, had already declared their support for Trump.

During a Trump rally in Texas last month, Gaetz said that DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas should both endorse the former president.

While DeSantis has not announced a presidential bid, GOP Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Thomas Massie of Kentucky have both already endorsed him.

DeSantis has said that he believes he has what it takes to be president and that he thinks he could defeat President Joe Biden.

Biden has not yet launched a re-election bid but has said that he intends to run. Democrat Marianne Williamson, who ran during the last election cycle before ultimately dropping out, is running again. And a statement of candidacy filed with the Federal Election Commission indicates that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is poised to run for president as a Democrat.

So far on the Republican side, Trump is being challenged by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, author and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

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