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Trump Launches 2024 Bid

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Former President Donald Trump last night announced his 2024 presidential run, marking his third bid for the White House. The campaign launch comes one week after midterm elections in which Democrats retained control of the Senate, while Republicans have inched to within one seat of retaking a majority in the House. Grover Cleveland is the only US president who has been elected to two nonconsecutive terms, in 1884 and 1892.

Trump’s anticipated bid has received pushback from several in the GOP after a number of his endorsed candidates lost high-stakes races in swing states, particularly in Senate and gubernatorial contests. Some allies also reportedly lobbied Trump to postpone an announcement until after a Dec. 6 Senate runoff in Georgia between Raphael Warnock (D) and Trump-backed Herschel Walker (R).

Ongoing probes also loom over the new campaign, including into the handling of sensitive White House documents after leaving office, though it is unclear which, if any, would lead to indictments. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who won reelection by a wide margin, is viewed as a top competitor to Trump, though DeSantis has made no public indications of his 2024 aspirations.

Separately, House Republicans, in a closed-door meeting, endorsed Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) as speaker. McCarthy, who received 188 votes from his caucus, must win 218 votes from the full chamber in January to become speaker.

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