Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is planning to run for governor of the state in 2026, according to reports — and while he has called them “clickbait,” he has not denied them.
NBC News reported Monday that the fourth-term congressman was “widely expected” to launch a gubernatorial bid in his home state in two years.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — the No. 2 GOP presidential candidate in 2024 — is in his second term and cannot run for a third.
DeSantis’ resounding re-election victory last fall has had many political forecasters calling the state a Republican firewall after decades of being a battleground state.
NBC News reported Gaetz’s possible run for governor had emerged as a major topic of conversation inside the state in political circles.
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