RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announces that she will ‘step aside’

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who was first elected to the role in 2017 and has since been re-elected several times, has announced that she will soon “step aside.”

“I have decided to step aside at our Spring Training on March 8 in Houston to allow our nominee to select a Chair of their choosing. The RNC has historically undergone change once we have a nominee and it has always been my intention to honor that tradition. I remain committed to winning back the White House and electing Republicans up and down the ballot in November,” McDaniel said in a statement.

“I want to thank my husband Patrick, our children Abigail and Nash, the members of the 168 who elected me four times, President Trump for giving me the opportunity to lead our Party, as well as the RNC staff and donors who have supported me and our mission over the years,” she noted.

McDaniel is a niece of Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

Earlier this month, former President Donald Trump — who is on track to easily clinch the GOP’s 2024 presidential nod — endorsed North Carolina Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley, who is also general counsel for the RNC, to become the RNC’s “next leader.”

“I think my friend Michael Whatley should be the RNC’s next leader. Michael has been with me from the beginning, has done a great job in his home state of North Carolina, and is committed to election integrity, which we must have to keep fraud out of our election so it can’t be stolen,” Trump said in the statement.

Trump also endorsed his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump for RNC co-chair.

“My very talented daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, has agreed to run as the RNC Co-Chair. Lara is an extremely talented communicator and is dedicated to all that MAGA stands for. She has told me she wants to accept this challenge and would be GREAT!” the former president said in the statement.

In a statement released on Monday, current RNC co-chair Drew McKissick announced his resignation, noting, “I’m submitting my resignation as Co-Chair, effective upon the election of my successor at the upcoming Spring Training in Houston.”

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