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(NewsNation) — Former President Donald Trump is expected to announce his bid to run for president again in 2024 on Tuesday night.

It’s a decision he’s been teasing for months, but one some Republicans wish he would delay a bit longer. Just hours before the speech, Decision Desk HQ projected the GOP would take the House with a slim majority. Some view this as disappointing since midterms have historically led to a windfall of seats for the party opposing the president.

How the Republican party, and its voters, would embrace Trump in 2024 remains unseen. Several of Trump’s endorsed Senate candidates, such as Blake Masters in Arizona and Adam Laxalt in Nevada, came up short in their bids to flip control of that chamber. Herschel Walker is also in danger of falling in a runoff to Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Trump is expected to make his announcement at 9 p.m. ET. You can watch it in the player above.

Prior to the announcement, Trump filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form a campaign committee.

Trump has spent much of this year mired in controversies and lawsuits, ranging from the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago estate, a probe out of Georgia into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, a House investigation into his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and a monitoring of his finances by a New York court

Democrats have assailed the possibility of Trump running again in 2024 as a danger to democracy, pointing to Trump’s continued lie that he won the 2020 presidential election.

President Joe Biden, who has yet to announce his 2024 candidacy but said he “intends to run,” blasted Trump and his supporters in multiple speeches as “ultra MAGA” Republicans who are seeking to destroy democracy. 

“They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country,” Biden said. 

Rumors have circulated that some in the Republican party, including Trump’s former vice president, Mike Pence, are trying to distance themselves from Trump and would like to see the party move on from the Trump-centered drama created by the Jan. 6 investigative committee hearings, which have tested his strength.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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