RNC Chair Election (UPDATED X10)

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Right now, the members of the Republican National Committee are voting to decide who their next Chairman will be.

The results of the first ballot are:

Mike Duncan (Incumbent): 52

Michael Steele: 46

Katon Dawson: 28

Saul Anuzis: 22

Ken Blackwell: 20

More as it comes…

UPDATE: Second ballot:

Mike Duncan: 48

Michael Steele: 48

Katon Dawson: 29

Saul Anuzis: 24

Ken Blackwell: 19

UPDATE II: Ballot three:

Michael Steele: 51

Mike Duncan: 44

Katon Dawson: 34

Saul Anuzis: 24

Ken Blackwell: 15

UPDATE III: The fourth ballot is being counted, but Mike Duncan has announced that he is withdrawing from considering. Given that, it’s likely that Michael Steele will emerge the winner.

UPDATE IV: Fourth ballot:

Katon Dawson: 62

Michael Steele: 60

Saul Anuzis: 31

Ken Blackwell: 15

UPDATE V: Ken Blackwell has dropped out and has pledged his 15 votes to Steele. Now it’s down to Dawson and Steele, with Anuzis and his 31 votes playing the role of kingmaker.

UPDATE VI: Saul Anuzis is speaking.

UPDATE VII: Anuzis is out and gives no endorsement. Here are the results of the fifth ballot:

Michael Steele: 79

Katon Dawson: 69

Saul Anuzis: 20

UPDATE VIII: The new Chairman of the Republican National Committee is Michael Steele.

UPDATE IX: Clearly, the GOP is a lagging–not a leading–indicator. Barack Obama won a Senate seat in 2004, so the GOP ran Michael Steele in 2006. Barack Obama was elected President in 2008, so the GOP elected Michael Steele their chairman in 2009.

More importantly, though, what does Steele bring to the Party? Not very much. Steele failed in his 2006 bid to succeed Paul Sarbanes in the United States Senate, and his performance wasn’t particularly impressive. Steele’s campaign wasn’t innovative, it didn’t pioneer new technologies or fundraising methods, it didn’t build any kind of grassroots movement nor did it set any kind of high water mark for raising money.

Listening to Steele’s victory speech right now, he didn’t offer any kind of policy proposals or specifics; his speech had a lot of “we’re going to win again” but no indication of how, exactly, the GOP will go about doing that. Also, it doesn’t help that Steele is a bit of a serial liar.

UPDATE X: And don’t forget that 2006 incident where Steele, off the record, criticized George Bush and the Republican Party and went as far as describing the Republican ‘R’ next to his name as “a scarlet letter.”

But when it was revealed that Steele was the person being quoted in that article, Steele disingenuously backpedaled by trying to play his comments off as a joke, finally claiming that Bush was his “homeboy.”

Hey, maybe that can be the RNC’s new slogan–“Bush is my homeboy.”

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