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Ronna McDaniel faces two challengers to lead RNC after Lee Zeldin announces he won’t run

Rep. Lee Zeldin is not going to problem Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, placing McDaniel one step nearer to reelection regardless of a disappointing midterm cycle for Republicans, though she nonetheless faces two challengers to date. 

Zeldin, the 2022 GOP gubernatorial nominee in New York whose marketing campaign is credited with serving to flip a number of House seats within the blue state, introduced Tuesday that he has determined in opposition to difficult McDaniel. But he nonetheless flung criticisms at McDaniel in his announcement, saying McDaniel ought to step apart. McDaniel is predicted to maintain the vast majority of help from the 168 RNC committee members. 

In the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans managed to narrowly achieve management of the House of Representatives, however they not solely failed to flip a single Senate seat and even lost one, in Pennsylvania. The celebration now wants to gear up for the 2024 presidential race — and former President Donald Trump has already introduced his candidacy. 

In his assertion, Zeldin stated McDaniel’s “reelection appears to already be pre-baked, as if the disappointing results of every election during her tenure, including yesterday in Georgia, do not and should not even matter.”

“As for the Republican Party, it must become more successful at fundraising, more efficient with spending, sharper with ballot collection and election integrity efforts, smarter with messaging, more present in Democrat strongholds, and more connected to the grassroots,” Zeldin stated in his assertion. 

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the
FILE: NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – FEBRUARY 28: Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee speaks throughout a session at CPAC 2019 on February 28, 2019 in National Harbor, Md. 

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Zeldin additionally stated the GOP wants to do a “far better job communicating not just what we are against related to the terrible policies of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, but specifically what we are for as Republicans.” 

So far, McDaniel has two declared challengers: Harmeet Dhillon and Mike Lindell. Dhillion, a conservative legal professional and RNC committeewoman from California, introduced on Fox News Tuesday night time that she’s operating for RNC chair. 

“Republicans are tired of losing and I think that we really need to radically reshape our leadership in order to win,” Dhillon stated on Fox News. “We can’t keep running elections like we did in the 90s and the 2000s and we really had to modernize to compete with the Democrats dollar for dollar in the ways they fundraise and the way they deliver their ballots to the ballot boxes.”

Lindell, the MyPillow CEO whose propagation of false claims of election fraud within the 2020 presidential election has landed him squarely within the curiosity of the House Jan. 6 committee, can be vying to run the RNC. Lindell, in a latest interview with CBS News, stated he was unhappy with the celebration’s performances in 2018, 2020 and 2022. 

“You need a different input to get a different output. That’s business 101,” Lindell informed CBS News. 

Lindell will not be anticipated to entice overwhelming help from the RNC committee members. 

McDaniel has been answerable for the RNC since 2017.

The RNC election will likely be held in January. 

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