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Democrat Nikki Fried teases possible challenge to DeSantis

Democrat Nikki Fried teases possible challenge to DeSantis
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Wednesday delivered one of the clearest signals yet that she is nearing a challenge to Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDemings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio Florida Board of Education bans critical race theory DeSantis says he would sign ban of surgery for transgender youth MORE (R), posting a video hinting at a June 1 campaign launch. 

The video repeatedly highlights her standing as Florida’s lone Democratic statewide elected official, featuring news clips touting her as the “new face” of the state Democratic Party and an “early front-runner” in the race to oust DeSantis, a staunch ally of former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE and top target for Democrats next year.

The video then teases “#SomethingNew” coming on June 1, a sign that Fried’s campaign announcement could be just a few weeks away. 

Fried has long been seen as a potential challenger to DeSantis, but she has amped up her criticism of the governor in recent months, stoking speculation that a campaign announcement is imminent. Speaking at a press conference last week, Fried declared, “As the only statewide-elected Democrat, it makes absolute sense for me to be running for governor.”

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Her entrance into the race would mark the beginning of a long and potentially bruising primary for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Florida. Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristCongressional Black Caucus blocking Black House Republican from joining group Crist raises .35 million in first month of campaign for Florida governor The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden, Capito meet today as deadline looms MORE (D-Fla.) jumped into the race last week, becoming the first prominent Democrat to announce his candidacy. 

But others are considering challenges to DeSantis, as well, most notably Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden mission abroad: reward friends, constrain adversaries Florida Rep. Val Demings officially enters Senate race against Rubio MORE (D-Fla.), who has seen her profile rise over the past year. She was said to be under consideration as President BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE’s running mate last year, though he ultimately chose then-Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration I visited the border and the vice president should too Texas governor announces plan to build southern border wall MORE (D-Calif.). 

Demings entered the national spotlight again earlier this year when she was named as one of the House impeachment managers in Trump’s second Senate trial.