South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott officially entered the 2024 presidential race on Friday after filing the required paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

Scott is a strong supporter of traditional conservative values and often speaks about his strong Christian faith.

He is the only black Republican in the Senate, and will now be running to be the first black Republican U.S. president.

He has launched a $6 million ad campaign in key states for the presidential primary. He is scheduled to announce his presidential campaign on Monday morning in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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One day before filing to run for president, Scott tweeted, “American families are starving for hope. We need to have faith. Faith in God, faith in each other, and faith in America.”

Scott is now the second presidential candidate from South Carolina, as former Gov. Nikki Haley is also running.

The two South Carolina Republicans are joined in the race by other candidates who have already announced their campaigns, including former President Donald Trump, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.

Democratic lawmakers have been quick to criticize Scott for his alignment with Trump’s politics.

“Even before he refused to name a policy difference with Trump, Scott was a fierce advocate of the MAGA agenda – supporting national abortion bans and championing plans to end Medicare and Social Security as we know them,” said Dem National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison on Friday. “There’s no question that special interests are celebrating as Tim Scott throws his hat into the 2024 race for the MAGA base.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to launch his presidential campaign next week.

On Thursday, DeSantis declared that he is one of three “credible” options for the next president of the United States.

During a call with donors that was organized by super PAC ‘Never Back Down,’ DeSantis reportedly said, “You have basically three people at this point that are credible in this whole thing. Biden, Trump, and me.”

“And I think of those three, two have a chance to get elected president – Biden and me, based on all the data in the swing states, which is not great for the former president and probably insurmountable because people aren’t going to change their view of him.”

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