Controversial Republican Wins Re-Election

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( – Ronna McDaniel officially secured her fourth term as the head of the RNC during a secret ballot vote on Friday. The members selected McDaniel as the chair despite the recent criticisms of her leadership that emerged during her reelection campaign.

McDaniel managed to defeat both of her challengers by receiving 111 votes. California attorney Harmeet Dhillon won 51 votes, while MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell received four votes.

During her time as chair, McDaniel has been leading during a time when the Republicans have had three unsuccessful elections. First, they lost the House in 2018, and then the Senate and White House in 2020. In 2022 they managed to win back the House with a narrow majority, but they did not flip the Senate. This third unsuccessful election had led to many saying that there was a need for a change in leadership in the RNC, as McDaniel had so far only helped deliver underwhelming election results.

According to a report from The Hill, McDaniel had told the RNC during remarks that she knew of the concerns that many of them had regarding the elections, but also pointed out the need for unity within the GOP. She added that unity was the only way if they wanted to win back both the Senate and the White House in 2024.

While McDaniel was widely expected to win, many top Republicans abstained from expressing their position on the race. Former President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), both did not endorse any specific candidate. Others like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had told┬áTurning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk that it was necessary for “new blood” to enter the RNC.

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