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Donald Trump Expected to Toss Red Hat in Presidential Ring, Again

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Former President Donald Trump is widely expected to announce tonight that he is running for president again in 2024.

He has been teasing an announcement for days, and invited the media and other guests to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., for an event at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Nov. 15. 

Republicans are still battling for control of the House after failing to win a majority of seats in the Senate as a hoped-for red wave in the midterm elections never materialized. As of Tuesday midday, Republicans had 217 House seats to Democrats’ 205, according to the Associated Press. The threshold for control is 218 seats, and there are about one dozen races still uncalled.

A complicating factor is the Dec. 6 runoff election in Georgia for the Senate seat currently occupied by Democrat Raphael Warnock. He and Republican candidate Herschel Walker, who was endorsed by Trump, each failed to secure 50% of the votes last week so will face each other again in what could become a referendum on Trump.

Some Republicans have blamed Trump for backing candidates who lost key battleground races, including Mehmet Oz, the Republican candidate for Senate, whose Democratic opponent John Fetterman flipped the seat from the retiring Republican Pat Toomey.

Tuesday also happens to be the day Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence publishes his book, “So Help Me God.” Pence has been critical of Trump over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Hill attack.

Asked by ABC News in an interview this week if Trump should serve as president again, Pence said, “I think that’s up to the American people, but I think we’ll have better choices in the future.”

Trump has previously said he would “very, very, very probably” run again and would say so formally “very, very soon.”

On Saturday, Trump walked his younger daughter, Tiffany, down the aisle at her wedding to Michael Boulos in a private ceremony at Mar-a-Lago. 

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who defeated Democratic former Gov. Charlie Christ to win re-election to a second term, is also expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency at some point.

President Joe Biden, who is in Indonesia meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping and for the Group of 20 Summit, has also indicated he wants to run again, although he said he would not make a formal declaration until after he had talked about it with his family.

Trump’s announcement would come amid a number of legal challenges: including the investigation into hundreds of classified documents the FBI seized at Mar-a-Lago, state and federal probes into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, a civil lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James accusing him and his namesake organization of falsely inflating his net worth by billions of dollars, and a subpoena to testify before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Write to Janet H. Cho at janet.cho@dowjones.com

Credit: marketwatch.com

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