(UnitedVoice.com) – The last three election cycles haven’t been great for the Republican Party. In 2018, they lose control of the House. In 2020 and the 2021 Georgia run-offs, they lost the White House and the Senate. When the 2022 midterms rolled around, it was supposed to be a blowout for the GOP. Every prediction in the lead-up to the election had Republicans drowning the Democratic Party in a red wave. That didn’t happen; Conservatives barely won the House majority, and Dems expanded their hold on the Senate.
The series of losses caused some Republicans to lash out at Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Before the vote on whether or not to keep her as head of the national party took place, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) flexed his political muscle and weighed in.
DeSantis Weighs In
On Thursday, January 26, DeSantis spoke to Turning points Founder Charlie Kirk about the direction of the Republican Party. Kirk mentioned the RNC meeting to determine who would lead moving forward was being held the next day in California. He mentioned, “there are some questions about who should lead the RNC,” and asked the conservative what he thought about it.
DeSantis told Kirk the GOP had “three substandard election cycles in a row.” He said the last one, in 2022, was “the worst,” in his opinion, because President Joe Biden was very unpopular, which left the door open for Republicans to make big gains, but that isn’t what happened.
The governor said that he believed the party needed to change leadership and “get some new blood in the RNC.” That’s why he was supporting Harmeet Dhillon, one of the Conservatives who was running against McDaniel.
🚨BREAKING: Gov. DeSantis calls for Change at the RNC🚨
"We've had 3 substandard election cycles in a row, '18, '20, and '22, and I'd say '22 was the worst…I think we need a change. I think we need to get some new blood in the RNC. I like what Harmeet Dhillon has said…" pic.twitter.com/dayeCSVtJ0
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 26, 2023
DeSantis’ support of Dhillon was a big deal because of the governor’s influence over the party. Some believe he is in a position to win the Republican nomination for president in 2024 if he throws his name in the hat. But it wasn’t enough to turn the tide.
Republicans held the vote on who should lead the RNC on January 27. McDaniel, the niece of Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), promised to keep the committee neutral in the upcoming GOP presidential primary. She also said she would try to move the party forward in a way that will appease the activists who want to see change.
When the members of the RNC cast secret ballots on Friday, they overwhelmingly gave McDaniel a fourth term as the chairwoman. She defeated Dhillon 111 to 51.
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