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|Members Choose Wisconsin State Chair to Lead Party into the 2012 Elections|
|January 14, 2011--Meeting at the
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in
Prince George's County, MD for the party's annual winter meeting, the
168 members of the Republican National Committee elected Wisconsin GOP
Chairman Reince Priebus to lead the party for the next two years.
Five candidates competed for the
post, and Priebus was elected on the seventh round.
|Priebus had been seen as the frontrunner going into the voting, although not an overwhelming favorite. He had announced support of 40 members, with a simple majority of 85 required for election. He never trailed in the voting. The incumbent RNC Chairman, Michael Steele, dropped out after the fourth round. Despite Republicans' historic successes in the 2010 mid-term elections, Steele was criticized for excessive spending, a significant major donor dropoff, and a number of gaffes; there was almost no expectation that he would be able to hold on to the position. The fact that the three remaining candidates—Maria Cino, Saul Anuzis and Ann Wagner—were unable to unite behind one alternative to Priebus cleared the way for his win.|
|Newly elected RNC Chairman
Reince Priebus faces the
immediate challenge of retiring the party's $20 million debt and must
restore confidence of major donors and oversee the party as it seeks to
reclaim the White House in 2012.
Candidates and Campaigns: Steele, Wagner, Cino, Anuzis, Priebus.
Scenes around the Hall: a, b, c.
Voting: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 | Round 6 | Round 7.
The New Chairman Takes Charge: a, b.