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Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has reportedly told former President Donald Trump that she plans to resign from her role following the South Carolina Republican primary later this month, the New York Times reported.
The decision comes after the RNC reported a decade-low fundraising number entering the presidential election year. The RNC reported that as of Oct. 30, they had just $9.1 million in cash on hand, less than half of what they had in 2016 and well short of the $61 million they had on hand in 2020 when Trump was running for re-election. According to the filings, the RNC had just $8 million in cash on hand as of Dec. 31, less than half of what the DNC has on hand.
“The RNC’s electoral record since 2017 speaks for itself,” said Virginia RNC member Patti Lyman, who opposed McDaniel when she was elected to another term in January. “The damage from that chair election goes far beyond the drop in donations. Our base was demoralized.” McDaniel was elected to the position in 2017 and has been re-elected three times.
When asked if McDaniel should resign during an interview with Newsmax, former President Donald Trump said “I think she knows that, I think she understands that.”
Trump has been very supportive of McDaniel’s, including praising her work in Michigan during the 2016 election victory over Hillary Clinton and backed her re-election last year.
Trump said that he’ll be “making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary” on his recommendations for RNC Growth. Trump is expected to back North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley to be Daniel’s replacement, Fox News reported.
McDaniel’s replacement would need approval from a majority of the 168 RNC committee members and are expected to vote for whoever Trump endorses, according to one committee member, Fox News reported.
In a letter this week to RNC members, McDaniel insisted that she was “still hard at work as RNC Chairwoman” and that she is continuting to build “a machine that will elect Republicans up and down the ballot in November.”
“Day in and day out, we continue to hold Joe Biden and Democrats’ feet to the fire for their continued assaults on our freedoms and failures, on everything from the border crisis, Bidenomics, and skyrocketing crime. Myself and my staff are refusing to be distracted by the outside noise and we remain committed to our mission – rumors to the contrary are simply not true,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel recieved support from well over half of the 168 voting RNC members when she ran for re-election last year, winning 111 votes compared to her opponents. Attorney Harmeet Dhillon received 51 votes and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell received four.
The RNC has received criticism from some on the right over how the party has spent its money under McDaniel. RedState compared RNC spending to DNC spending for October 20, 2022, to November 30, 2023.
According to FEC records, the RNC spent over $70,000 just on floral arrangements, compared to under $1,000 from the DNC.
The RNC also spent over $263,000 on limousines with the DNC spending just $7,000.
In regard to Get Out the Vote Texts (GOTV), the RNC spent just $86,000 compared to the DNC which spent nearly $1.7 million.