Rep. Dean Phillips files paperwork for presidential bid against Biden

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Rep. Dean Phillips is officially running a longshot primary bid against Joe Biden.

The Minnesota Democrat, who has been teasing a run for months, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night. He registered his campaign committee as “Dean 24 Inc.”

He is expected to formally announce his campaign on Friday morning in Concord, N.H. He previously told fellow lawmakers that he was planning to run.

His campaign has also started making ad buys in New Hampshire media markets, according to the ad-tracking firm AdImpact.

Biden, however, will not appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot, as the state is moving forward with an unsanctioned contest in 2024. This week, the Biden campaign confirmed it wouldn’t participate, after the Democratic National Committee declared the state “non-compliant” with the party’s presidential nominating calendar, which elevated South Carolina to the first-place spot. Top New Hampshire Democrats are expected to coordinate a write-in campaign on behalf of the president.

Phillips’ bid faces steep odds, as he squares off against Biden, the sitting president who is backed by the Democratic Party and has $91 million in the bank along with the DNC and their joint-fundraising committees.

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