GOP 2024 primary set to begin with conference featuring several contenders, but not Trump

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The shadow campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is poised to break wide open, with about a dozen 2024 contenders scheduled to showcase themselves to leading donors and activists attending an annual Republican Jewish Coalition conference.

Former President Donald Trump is not on the guest list. He was invited to Las Vegas but declined, RJC officials confirmed Monday. But nearly every other prominent Republican eyeing a White House bid is coming. That includes former Vice President Mike Pence and two veterans of Trump’s Cabinet: former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

Also appearing is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, considered a top Trump rival should both mount presidential campaigns. DeSantis is expected to cruise to a second term in next Tuesday’s midterm…

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