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article imagePriebus elected chair of RNC,Steele withdrew during vote

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Jan 14, 2011 in Politics
Michael Steele withdrew from the race to chair the Republican National Committee. He was behind in the votes and endorsed Maria Cino.
He stated the party needed something different.
In his speech he took a shot at President Obama and former House Speaker Pelosi. As reported by CNN politics, Steele said, "Barack Obama's agenda is not good for America. We fired Pelosi. Let's take the Senate. Let's take the White House. Let's heal America, make her stronger, better, prouder, as we are today as Republicans unified moving forward."
Steele dropped out after the fourth round of balloting with Reince Priebus winning in the seventh round. Priebus had led on each of the rounds. Priebus is the Wisconsin Republican Party chairman and will now chair the National Committee.
With eighty-five votes needed Priebus won with 97 votes out of 168.
After seven rounds of votes, Reince Priebus, the Wisconsin Republican Party chairman, has been elected chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Priebus won 97 of 168 votes. Eighty-five were needed to win. Michigan Committeeman Saul Anuzis received 43 votes and former RNC official Maria Cino received 28 votes.
CBSnews.com reports Steele said, "At this time, I will step aside for others to lead. But in so doing, I hope you all appreciate the legacy we leave," Steele said, adding that "despite the difficulties..we won."
With the party deeply in debt and the presidential election next year Priebus has his work cut out for him.
LATimes.com quotes Priebus as saying after he won, "I'm going to start working right now."
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