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DeSantis Joins Growing Republican Field: Breaking Down the Other Contenders

The Florida governor and his Republican rivals could split the votes against Donald Trump.

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The number of candidates in the Republican presidential primary continues to grow. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially joined the race as candidates emboldened by his dropping poll numbers launched their own bids earlier.

The addition makes seven Republicans in the primary, where former President Donald Trump continues to be the frontrunner. And a growing cast of contenders is good for Trump, who polls show doing better against a larger field where the anti-Trump vote is splintered into various factions. Indeed, when South Carolina Senator Tim Scott launched his campaign, Trump wished him well.