Trump Loyalist Re-Elected as RNC Chair Despite Party Infighting

Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has voted to re-elect Ronna McDaniel as its chair, despite her opponents’ attempts to challenge her. McDaniel, a loyal supporter of former President Donald Trump, has been the chair since 2017.

The vote to keep McDaniel was close, but she ultimately won with a slim margin of 85-76. Her opponent, former Trump campaign adviser and former RNC co-chair, Tommy Hicks Jr., was backed by a number of Trump’s allies, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The RNC election has been a contentious one, with many Republicans divided on the direction of the party. While some argued that McDaniel should be replaced in order to move the party away from Trumpism, others argued that she should stay in order to maintain the party’s Trump-era successes.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis weighed in on the election, saying that he was “pleased” with the results and that the RNC had made the “right decision.” President Trump, however, has not commented on the election, leaving many to speculate about his opinion on the matter.

McDaniel is now set to lead the RNC for another term, and she has vowed to “unite the party” and focus on the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. With her election, the RNC is sure to remain a loyal supporter of President Trump and his policies.

This story was compiled from reports by The New York Times, CBS News, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, and The Washington Post.