Michael Steele Expected to Bow Out of RNC Race

Chairman to announce intentions tonight
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2010 8:39 AM CST

(Newser) – Michael Steele will announce tonight whether he plans to run for reelection as RNC chair—and it’s looking unlikely. Steele doesn’t appear to have a reelection team in place. Still, he’s been unpredictable in the past, Politico notes. He sent out a message this weekend advising committee members of a conference call at 7:30pm tonight; the email’s tone suggested he wouldn’t run, according to three Steele critics who got the email.

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If he planned to run, he probably would have spoken to RNCers individually rather than via conference call, write Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin. Steele has had a troubled stint as chairman, having faced difficulty raising funds and taking heat for gaffes. Competition for the spot is tight: Contenders include Wisconsin Republican Chairman Reince Priebus, former RNC co-chair Ann Wagner, and party official Maria Cino.
(Read more Michael Steele stories.)

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