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Reports indicate that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is preparing to declare his presidential candidacy next week. Though he has become a clear underdog against former President Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination, that doesn't mean DeSantis should be counted out just yet. Amy Walter shares the top things she'll be keeping an eye on to see if he can go the distance.


Amy Walter: [00:00:00] Hello, welcome to First Person. I'm Amy Walter. Well, next week is the week, at least that's what reports are telling us. Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor is set to officially announce his entry into the Republican primary. Now, Ron DeSantis starts this race as much more of the underdog than he was say at the end of 2022.

When. You could argue that he was the front runner, at least maybe the co front runner with Donald Trump. But in recent weeks, we've seen Donald Trump open up a pretty

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