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President Biden’s re-election campaign is gearing up to kick off.

After months of “will he or won’t he,” Biden and his senior staff are preparing the details for his 2024 campaign.

Multiple sources tell The Hill that the president plans to make public his intentions to run for a second term in the White House in the coming weeks, likely in February, around the state of the Union.

A source close to Biden’s 2020 campaign with knowledge of the president’s plans said a more formal announcement is expected to come in April.

Behind the scenes, his advisers meet with key allies and build a comprehensive and revamped digital presence.

Biden is nearing the official reelection announcement after spending time with family in St. Croix over the holiday to discuss his next steps for another bid, the well-known source said.

Intents to launch another presidential campaign began to crystallize, although some Democrats continue to question whether Biden will run again, largely because of his advanced age. He turned 80 in November.

“I think it’s all about timing at this point,” said a Biden ally. “It seems like he’s totally into it. It’s not really ‘if’ he’s running anymore.”

The State of the Union address usually takes place in late January or early February, but the President must be invited by the Speaker of the House to address Congress, and the chaos surrounding the Speakership this week has inevitably delayed the address.

As Biden pondered his next steps alongside First Lady Jill Biden over the past few months, advisers briefed him on what a potential campaign would look like.

Last month, a group of Biden’s top advisers met with key allies and constituencies to discuss the president’s agenda. But one attendee told NBC News it felt like a “pre-campaign strategy session.”

And while Biden attempted to make a decision about his political future, his aides were quietly building the infrastructure needed for a new campaign. The Washington Post reported last month that aid workers are working to expand their digital footprint on platforms like TikTok and WhatsApp, where political advertising is banned.

The potential expansion is the result of an extensive research effort paid for by the Democratic National Committee to lay the groundwork for Biden’s anticipated launch.

Those around Biden claim he has time on his side, especially amid GOP disharmony in this week’s speakership vote.

Some influential members of Biden’s inner circle, including a member of Congress, were reluctant to discuss the president’s next steps until the race for speaker was over, signaling the delicate nature of the ongoing preparations, a source close to the lawmaker said .

The hush nature has defined much of the Biden era, and the weeks leading up to a possible announcement were no different, even on Capitol Hill.

As Republicans got mixed up, Democrats mostly turned their attention elsewhere.

While Biden’s senior aides, including Mike Donilon and Bruce Reed, worked on a State of the Union address they had been trying to perfect for weeks, the president spent time announcing legislative projects, including his infrastructure package.

On Wednesday, the President traveled to Kentucky, where money from the bipartisan infrastructure bill will be used to rebuild a bridge connecting Kentucky and Ohio. Alongside Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Biden was able to telegraph that he had kept one of his campaign promises — bringing the parties together — as Republicans fought on the House floor.

One Democrat activist said it was the perfect backdrop for what a campaign launch could look like.

“This week’s bipartisan infrastructure event is a good soft start for the president’s campaign,” the Democratic strategist said.

“It positions Biden’s accomplishments, shows him as a unifier, and contrasts him with the Republicans who are butting each other during this chaotic battle for speakers.”

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Biden has not been shy about his desire to seek re-election, particularly if it involves a rematch against former President Trump, with his aides and allies often reflecting his zeal on the matter.

But even the garrulous president has dodged questions about a hypothetical campaign in recent days.

“Is there an election coming up?” Biden quipped after reporters pressed him on a decision to run again. “2023 will be a good year,” he added.

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