“They are in a better place now. Things have simmered down after being pretty raw for awhile,” said one former Trump campaign official.

Pence allies say improvements to his relationship with Trump, however incremental, are a welcome development as the onetime Indiana governor lays the groundwork for a possible foray into presidential politics — with recent visits to early-voting states, the launch of his conservative policy group Advancing American Freedom, and plans to be an active GOP surrogate on the campaign trail in 2022. To even stand a chance in a crowded GOP primary that does not include Trump, these allies said Pence must have the favor of the party’s MAGA faithful, in addition to social conservative and evangelical voters he helped excite in 2016 and 2020.

“I think he realizes that his path if he’s running for president is open if Trump does not run, and that it’s a smart move for him to minimize the distinctions between…

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