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One likely 2024 GOP contender triumphed on election night. It wasn't Donald Trump.

By Isaac Arnsdorf and Josh Dawsey

09 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

It wasn't only Ron DeSantis who improved his chances of securing the Republican nomination this week. Two other candidates alluded to their own potential ambitions after winning at the midterms.

One likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 had a triumphant night on Tuesday, and it wasn't Donald Trump.

The former president spent the final days of the campaign lashing out and even threatening Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose apparent interest in running against Trump has puzzled him, according to advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reflect private conversations. The Florida governor didn't return fire, other than to hold his own campaign event on Saturday, competing with a Trump rally in Miami and further irking the former president.

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