DeSantis qualifies for 2024 presidential ballot in North Carolina

June 9, 2023 — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd at the 2023 NCGOP Convention in Greensboro. Photo by James Piedad, North State Journal.

RALEIGH —Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis successfully qualified for the 2024 presidential ballot in North Carolina per his campaign on Dec. 4. 

His filing follows a notable appearance battling California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recent “Revival v Decline” debate moderated by Sean Hannity on FOX News.

DeSantis has demonstrated a strong ballot access operation by already qualifying in multiple states, including South Carolina, U.S. Virgin Islands, New Hampshire, Washington, Massachusetts, Nevada, American Samoa, Missouri, Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Georgia, Idaho, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Texas, and Maine.

Nineteen North Carolina leaders, including House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne), have already given their endorsement to DeSantis for 2024.

“We are excited to have Gov. Ron DeSantis officially on the ballot in North Carolina,” said Bell in a statement to North State Journal. “He is a principled leader who has the successful track record and proven conservative experience America needs right now. The people of North Carolina and the entire nation deserve a fighter and leader like Gov. DeSantis as President.”

“I’m very excited about the governor’s chances,” Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) told North State Journal, adding that “it’s still early,” and he expects some shifts as the election draws closer.

“And you know the guy’s got a record governing in Florida and that, to me,  speaks volumes,” said Saine. “Particularly when Washington, D.C. is in such disarray and we’re hungry for leadership. I think he is a guy that has proven that he can do it and he’s he is a brand for the Republican base that people can get behind.”

The Florida governor touted his record and made his case to be the GOP candidate for president at a dinner attended by hundreds during the N.C. Republican Party Convention held this past June.