Trump announces 2024 White House run as some in GOP seek alternative

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is running for president again.

Trump made his plans official Tuesday night after teasing the potential of a comeback since before he even left the White House in 2021.

He had hoped to piggyback off expected Republican gains in last week’s midterm elections and stave off potential challengers. Instead, Trump is facing blame for the party’s underwhelming performance, with many seeing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a rising alternative.

Several Trump-backed candidates in the House, Senate and governors races were defeated, including Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Kari Lake in Arizona. Herschel Walker is still in contention for the Senate seat in Georgia, which heads to a runoff election next month.

If Trump is ultimately successful, he would be just the second president in U.S. history to serve two nonconsecutive terms.

RELATED: AP: Katie Hobbs wins Arizona governor’s race over Kari Lake

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Central Oregon Daily News contributed to this report.

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