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Donald Trump announces 2024 US presidential election bid

It is also said that Trump's paperwork with the Federal Election Commission was filed 23 minutes before the scheduled start of Trump's announcement speech, designating his campaign committee for fundraising.

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First Published Nov 16, 2022, 8:19 AM IST

Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally entered the 2024 US presidential race, making official what he has been teasing for months just as many Republicans are preparing to move away from their longtime standard bearer.

According to reports, Trump's campaign filed federal paperwork to declare that he will be contesting again, minutes before his appearance at an event announcing his candidacy and becoming the first major contender from either party to formally declare.

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"America's comeback starts right now," the 76-year-old former president told his supporters at his palatial Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

It is also said that Trump's paperwork with the Federal Election Commission was filed 23 minutes before the scheduled start of Trump's announcement speech, designating his campaign committee for fundraising.

With his announcement Trump is the first major contender from either party to formally declare.

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Yet the timing could not be worse for Republicans. Candidates endorsed by Trump floundered in key races in last week’s mid-term elections, as voters rejected election-deniers and others with extreme positions on social issues like abortion rights and education.

That has cost the Republicans their chance to reclaim the US Senate and left them well short of the significant majority they had hoped to win in the House. However, they were one seat short from gaining control on Monday night, nearly a week after the close of polls across the country.

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