DeSantis gets a boost out of CPAC heading into 2024, but it’s still Trump’s party

ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis comes out of the weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando boosted by a higher profile as the governor of a state he called “an oasis of freedom” from COVID-19 restrictions. But CPAC also highlighted the biggest obstacle in his potential path to a GOP presidential nomination three years from now: his own political mentor, former President Donald Trump. “He freezes everybody, including DeSantis,” said Mac Stipanovich, a former Republican consultant in Tallahassee turned anti-Trump independent. “But at the same time, (DeSantis) can continue t…

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