DeSantis draws contrast with Trump as party hunts for 2024 alternative

And while Trump’s attacks on the use of mail ballots have complicated the GOP’s voter turnout efforts and sparked a reckoning within the party since the midterms, DeSantis noted that he had aggressively pushed his supporters to cast their ballots before Election Day in Florida, resulting in him “kill[ing] the Democrats” in early voting.

The appearance came during a two-day conference where governors, donors, and senior party officials grappled with last week’s disappointing midterm election and conveyed the desire for a new blueprint for the party. With the Florida governor and other prospective candidates waiting in the wings, many of the attendees said it was time for Republicans to move forward, blaming Trump for their failure.

“I think the party needs to move on, because I think at the end of the day extremism has come to be associated with the former president,” said outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who attributed this month’s losses to…

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