Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Friday to run for president in 2024.
Scott has been weighing a presidential run for months, touring early primary states via his Faith in America Tour and launching an exploratory committee on April 12. The filing comes ahead of his widely expected presidential announcement on Monday, as well as his $6 million ad buy that will launch next week.
“This campaign is built to win and has the resources and messenger to deliver a Republican nomination and ultimately the White House,” a senior Scott official previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation. (RELATED: Tim Scott Drops $6 Million Hint That He’s Definitely Running For President)
I will never back down in defense of the conservative values that make America exceptional.
That’s why I’m announcing my exploratory committee for President of the United States.
This fight is personal.
I want every American to have the same opportunities I had. pic.twitter.com/HV56pbyKdB
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) April 12, 2023
Scott made an initial $5.5 million TV ad buy that will broadcast next Wednesday on cable, satellite and radio, and the senator’s proponents will also invest seven figures into a digital ad campaign during that time frame. The ad will run in key early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire through the first Republican primary debate in August.
The investment marks the largest ad buy in the GOP primaries thus far, and the senator enters the race with $22 million cash on hand, according to a Scott official. Scott will make a “major announcement” in North Charleston on Monday, and will travel to Iowa and New Hampshire in the following days.
The Real Clear Politics (RCP) average for a 2024 national Republican primary, based on polls conducted between April 21 and May 15, indicates that Scott has 2% support.
Scott’s team did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
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