WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The midterm elections are over, and political pundits are already looking ahead to the presidential election of 2024.
Donald Trump will potentially announce Tuesday night that he plans to run for president again.
Trump has already gone on the offense, criticizing Gov. Ron DeSantis and calling him "DeSanctimonious."
However, Florida's governor fired back during a Tuesday news conference, calling much of it "just noise."
"I would just tell people to go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night," DeSantis said Tuesday.
DeSantis has not announced a run for the 2024 presidential race but many Republicans are salivating over the likelihood.
"What Democrats will hope for is that Trump and DeSantis have a very contentious primary that turns off voters from supporting either candidate in the general election," Dr. Luzmarina Garcia, an associate professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University, said.
Garcia said the two political heavyweights going head-to-head could bid well for the Democratic Party, which already has the advantage of a sitting Democratic president.
"The most likely option, in my opinion, is that President [Joe] Biden will run again," Garcia said. "In which case, he will very likely get his party's nomination."
Florida state Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, who was recently re-elected, said he supports a Biden second term.
"You see nationwide where people predicted a 'red wave,' [and] that did not happen nationally," Powell said.
Powell believes the president will continue that momentum. His concern locally is that a Trump versus DeSantis Republican primary will put Floridians at a disadvantage.
"Now, the focus has been shifted to dealing with issues that directly impact people and now focus on immigration — flying people from Texas to Martha's Vineyard," Powell said.