Trump supporters turn out in force at CPAC

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The Big Story 

Former President Trump and his allies are the undisputed stars of the show at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.

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Throngs of conservatives have headed to the Washington, D.C., area for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week, which will feature former President Trump and other VIPs in an unofficial coronation ceremony for his presidential campaign.


Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Trump’s remaining opponent for this year’s Republican presidential nomination, is not expected to attend. Former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is the only ex-Trump rival scheduled to speak.


Trump is slated to take the stage at noon Saturday.


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik and Ohio Sen. JD Vance are among Republicans seen as potential vice presidential candidates who are scheduled to address the crowd. Organizers are planning to hold a rare straw poll this year for the “veepstakes.”


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More: The CPAC exhibition hall, known for its kitschy merchandise, this year features a pinball machine modeled off the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.


CPAC denied media credentials for several organizations, accusing them of being “left-wing” propaganda outlets, but noted they could still attend if they purchased tickets.


Essential Reads 

Key election stories and other recent campaign coverage:

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The Countdown 

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  • 2 days until the South Carolina GOP primary

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  • 257 days until the 2024 presidential election

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Around the Nation 

Local and state headlines regarding campaigns and elections:

  • Nikki Haley doesn’t know how to surrender. So she wins upsets. Or gets humbled. (The Post and Courier)

  • Frustration boils as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, AG Ken Paxton target GOP incumbents (Texas Tribune)

  • ‘Differing priorities’: Hobbs seeks expanded outreach as AZ governor’s staff grows nearly 40% (Arizona Republic)

What We’re Reading 

Election news we’ve flagged from other outlets:

  • DeSantis, in Private Call, Sounds Off on Trump and Conservative News Media (The New York Times)

  • Who will control the House after 2024? From Michigan to California, these are the tight races to watch ( USA Today)

  • Tulsi Takes MAGA Makeover to New Level With Mar-a-Lago Event (The Daily Beast)

Elsewhere Today 

Key stories on The Hill right now:

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Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) on Wednesday criticized his Republican colleagues for using a former FBI informant’s claims in their impeachment inquiry even though the statements hadn’t been verified. “We were warned at the time that we received the document outlining this witness’s testimony. … We were warned that the … Read more

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