RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Confirms Rumors, Will Step Down

(UnitedVoice.com) – In 2017, Republicans elected Ronna Romney McDaniel to serve as the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). She was reelected to serve a fourth term in January 2024. However, she has now confirmed she’ll be stepping down.

On February 26, McDaniel announced she intended to step down as chairwoman in a week. In a statement to The New York Times, McDaniel said that she is going to step aside on March 8 in Houston, so the party’s nominee can “select a chair of their choosing.” She went on to say the change is not out of the ordinary because the party has “historically undergone change once [they] have a nominee,” and she always intended “to honor that tradition.”

Former President Donald Trump, the pseudo-leader of the GOP, will reportedly handpick her replacement. He has already said that he wants the committee’s general counsel and chairman of the North Carolina GOP, Michael Whatley, to take over as the head of the RNC. He has also stated that he wants his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, to serve as the co-chair.

Although the former president is not the actual leader of the party, the leadership defers to him in most situations. Lara Trump and Whatley will almost certainly have the votes they need to take over.

McDaniel reportedly told Trump she would resign during a meeting in Florida several weeks ago. She promised to decide the South Carolina primary on February 24. The former president beat former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in the state and will almost certainly win the nomination.

McDaniel’s time as the chairwoman of the party has been contentious. Republicans lost the House, Senate, and White House under her leadership. Although they eventually won the House back, it was by the thinnest of margins. Additionally, the party only had $8 million on hand going into 2024, a general election year. Last year was the lowest fundraising year for the party since 2013. The lack of money will almost certainly impact the down-ballot races in the November election unless new leadership can right the ship.

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