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a group of Republican governors cheer former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (right) after he criticized former President Donald Trump at a gathering on Tuesday, according to AxiosMarking the latest sign that some party heavyweights are distancing themselves from the former president, hours ahead of his scheduled announcement of the 2024 presidential nomination.

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Speaking at an annual Republican Governors Association meeting in Orlando on Tuesday, Christie blamed Trump for the GOP’s worse-than-expected midterm performance, calling the group’s voters “insanely dismissive,” Axios told four unnamed sources. Referring to

Urging the group to prevent extreme primary candidates from securing the nomination, Christie—who has criticized Trump for years—highlighted Pennsylvania’s governor’s race, where Republican Doug Mastriano, who was endorsed by Trump, is up for the 2020 presidential election. The results of the U.S. presidential election were fiercely contested, losing to Democrat Josh Shapiro by more than 14 points.

Christie joins a growing list of prominent Republicans who, in the wake of the midterm elections, have publicly criticized Trump, downplayed their praise of the former president or said he would be the Republican governor of Florida and a potential 2024 contender. Ron DeSantis will endorse:

Former Vice President Mike Pence, who said he is considering a 2024 presidential run himself, told ABC News last week that he thinks Republicans “will have better options in the future.” when asked Should Trump run for president again?

when asked by the associated press Will she endorse Trump for president in 2024? Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wy.) said she believes DeSantis is “the leader of the Republican Party” who asked the former president to vote against his impeachment. and publicly questioned the results. 2020 presidential election.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Ga.), who publicly aligns himself with Trump but is allegedly criticized her in private, said tuesday Trump should wait to announce 2024 presidential bid told Politico He would not commit to endorsing Trump until after the Georgia runoff election between Republicans Herschelle Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Who Trump endorsed for House speaker refused to return the favor Monday night, saying he was instead focusing on the pending results of the House midterm race. Politico reported.

Rape. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Who’s Running for GOP Minority Whip, Said an interview on fox news sunday He’ll “save” his presidential endorsement “for a second run” while offering a caveat[Trump is a] A very popular figure in the Republican Party” and “a very effective president.”

outgoing Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), a longtime Trump critic, Directly blamed Trump for midterm losses in an interview on CNN’s state of the Union on Sunday and said it was “the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race,” referring to Trump’s 2020 loss and Democrats retaking the House in 2018.

late. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who criticized Trump for years and opposed his nomination as the GOP nominee for president in 2016, also highlighted the three polls involving Trump in which Republicans suffered losses, comparing him to “a aging pitchers” who “lost three straight games,” The Associated Press reported,

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Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), who is rumored to be a contender for vice president, on Friday endorsed Trump for the presidency in 2024, calling him "the most popular Republican in America" ​​in a statement.

what to watch

Trump is expected to announce his 2024 presidential run from Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

what we don't know

Will voters stray from Trump as they have with other Republicans? In a Morning Consult poll released Monday, 47% of likely GOP primary voters said they would vote for him for president in 2024, representing only a one-point decrease from the previous Morning Consult poll taken before the election. does. DeSantis' popularity has soared in the wake of his landslide victory last week: The poll found 33% of voters would favor DeSantis over Trump, up from 26% before the election.

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Christie and Trump's old alliance fell apart after Trump's refusal to accept the presidential nomination for President Joe Biden and further escalated after the January 6 Capitol riot, which Christie called prompted by" Trump. christie as recently as October teased that he may run against Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

Trump attacks McConnell for Republican midterm losses in latest push for GOP leader's ouster (Forbes)

Trump-endorsed candidates have mixed showings in the midterms — and Trump is reportedly furious (Forbes)