Ronna McDaniel, chair of the RNC or the Republican National Committee, was reelected on Friday, ending nearly two months of insults and charges in the midst of a significant struggle for the GOP’s future, Fox News informed.
More than the majority of the 168 committee members required to secure a fourth two-year term leading the RNC, which is unprecedented in modern times, McDaniel received the backing of 111 members of the committee who cast their ballots in a secret ballot vote. The vote happened on the last day of the RNC’s winter meeting, which was held this year at a posh beachfront resort in Orange County, Southern California. Lee Zeldin, a previous governor candidate from New York who intended to run but was not picked, received only one vote.
With the backing of 51 committee members, the chair overcame her biggest rival, California committee member Harmeet Dhillon. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who ran a longshot run for chair and is a staunch advocate of former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated assertions that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, received only four votes.
The GOP chose its leadership as the RNC fight, the party’s first closely contested chair race in a decade, descended into a bitter family feud. The drama played out as the GOP jumped into an election cycle hoping to retake the White House, win back the majority in the Senate, and maintain its tenuous control in the House.
Dhillon claimed that the party will be better off as a result of the difficult discussions that were sorely required on how to change the RNC in order to win elections and gain the confidence of our supporters, activists, and funders.
In addition, she pledged to collaborate with grassroots activists and the RNC in the run-up to the 2024 election.
Charlie Kirk, the head of the right-leaning advocacy group TurningPoints USA, voiced dissatisfaction with McDaniel’s victory and called for new leadership at the RNC.
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