Dec 2, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Ronna McDaniel to seek re-election as RNC chair with Trump's support

Ronna McDaniel.

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Ronna McDaniel will seek re-election to a third term as chair of the Republican National Committee, AP reports.

Why it matters: McDaniel has the support of President Trump, who wants to keep her in place in order to maintain tight control over party HQ ahead of his likely 2024 presidential run.

  • In a letter to RNC members, McDaniel also touted the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader McCarthy, and a supermajority of the organization's members, "all but assuring her victory," according to the AP.
  • Though Trump lost the White House, Republicans over-performed in down-ballot races under McDaniel's leadership of the party.

What she's saying: McDaniel in the letter said she would beef up the party's legal efforts surrounding voting and form a committee on election integrity, per AP.

  • “President Trump earned more minority votes than any Republican candidate in decades, and a record number of women, minorities and veterans were elected to office,” McDaniel wrote.
  • “This is a legacy our Party can be proud of, and we must continue to build on this historic momentum.”

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