Ronna McDaniel wins re-election to fourth time period as RNC chair

DANA POINT, Calif. — Ronna McDaniel gained re-election to a fourth time period as Republican Nationwide Committee chairwoman on Friday, besting rebel challenger Harmeet Dhillon in a secret poll vote on the occasion’s annual winter assembly.

McDaniel simply secured a majority of the 168 votes wanted to win, with 111 votes in comparison with 51 for Dhillon, 4 for MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and one for former Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who was not a candidate.

McDaniel is now on observe to be the longest-serving GOP chair for the reason that nineteenth century. She joins Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in staving off challenges to their management following Republicans’ disappointing efficiency within the November midterm elections.

The competition was seemingly a foregone conclusion for months. McDaniel launched an endorsement letter from greater than 100 of the RNC’s 168 members shortly after the midterms — assist that led to Zeldin deciding to not launch his personal bid to guide the RNC.

However with the vote held by secret poll, and Dhillon’s aggressive marketing campaign arguing that McDaniel shouldn’t be re-elected after GOP shortcomings in November, members didn’t write Dhillon off forward of the vote. Publicly, roughly 30 RNC members had dedicated to Dhillon forward of the poll.

Lindell, a number one election conspiracist, launched a long-shot bid however by no means picked up a lot momentum.

McDaniel’s supporters argued she was finest positioned to maneuver the occasion ahead due to her useful resource allocation and stable working relationship with state occasion management.

Harmeet Dhillon at her workplace in San Francisco in 2017.Anda Chu / MediaNews Group / Bay Space Information through Getty Photos file

Even with McDaniel in place as the subsequent chair, many RNC members say they anticipate tensions to stay.

“After that is over tomorrow, it’s not over,” stated Jonathan Barnett, an RNC committeeman from Arkansas who backed Dhillon to guide the occasion. “It’s going to take a while to do some rebuilding, and Harmeet nonetheless has a powerful voice. All of us who’re supporting Harmeet will not be going away.”

The RNC additionally authorized a bundle of 9 resolutions on Friday in a voice vote. They included measures condemning antisemitism, opposing ranked-choice voting, calling for President Joe Biden to be held accountable for his administration’s dealing with of the U.S. border with Mexico, pushing for the U.S. to “shut down” any “Chinese language police station” working within the nation and to broadly discourage the usage of TikTok — together with encouraging a ban on its use on federal authorities units.

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