Anti-Trump Republicans Lining Up for 2024 Shadow Primary

By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Politics Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A shadow primary has begun to take shape among no fewer than three fierce Republican critics of former President Donald Trump to determine who's best positioned to occupy the anti-Trump lane in the next presidential contest.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois is already offering a rough timeline for a potential announcement.

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And congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming has vowed to do "whatever it takes" to block Trump's return to the White House.

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Their apparent willingness to run represents a remarkable shift from four years ago when "Never Trump" operatives failed to recruit any GOP officeholders.

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