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Ronna McDaniel loses ground

GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel is losing ground in her leadership race, as several State delegations and key donors turn against her.

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Ronna McDaniel, who has led the Republican National Committee since 2017, faces her most serious opposition yet for her reelection. As long as she had the support of the donor base, she was a shoo-in. No longer. She is losing the support of key donors – and State Republican chapters.

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On Wednesday January 11, the Trafalgar Group announced results of a poll of Republican voters on her candidacy. Actually Trafalgar ran a head-to-head match-up between McDaniel and her stronger challenger, Harmeet Dhillon. Dhillon won that match-up 86 percent to 14 percent. Moreover this lopsided margin held in both genders and across all demographics.

168 RNC members will vote on the chairmanship election during their winter meeting of January 25-27, 2023. McDaniel’s campaign manager insists that Ronna McDaniel has the votes – but won’t say how many members support her this time.

Voters are also fed up with the RNC itself. Two-thirds of Republican voters blame the House Republican Conference and the RNC for the breaking of the Red Wave last November. This tweet is typical:

Ronna McDaniel – her full name is Ronna Romney McDaniel – is actually the niece of Senator Willard “Mitt” Romney (R-Utah).

McDaniel tried to upstage President Joe Biden when he visited the Mexican border near El Paso, Texas, last week.

But this Twitter user isn’t buying any, citing a recent report of expenditures by the RNC on luxury items.

WorldNetDaily reported many other similarly negative sentiments.

Harmeet Dhillon is not McDaniel’s only challenger. Mike Lindell, of MyPillow fame, is also in the running. He claims McDaniel is down to 70 to 75 votes. She needs 85.

At least two States – Alabama and Texas – have come out against her. (See here for the Texas resolution.)

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Last month, The Hill reported that Ronna McDaniel still had the endorsements of a majority in the RNC. But that was before the Alabama and Texas resolutions passed earlier this month. Now the donors are starting to turn against her. Just the News reported that Bennie Marcus, cofounder of The Home Depot, was endorsing Dhillon. Also last week, “more than two dozen” Republican donors endorsed Dhillon in a letter to RNC members. The message in both letters is the same: the Party cannot continue on its present path, and needs new leadership.

Both of which are true, CNAV believes. As others have pointed out, the Republicans lost the House of Representatives for two crucial terms. They barely got it back, and only because several candidates in California and New York campaigned on their own. In the meantime they’ve lost the Senate, and lost a chance to get it back last Midterms.

Someone had to tell the two Minority Leaders to get behind a program to make themselves Majority Leaders. That someone was Ronna McDaniel. And she failed to act.

Next week the Republican National Committee will have the opportunity to rectify five years of mistakes. Upon their choice will likely depend whether the Republican Party has a future.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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