Republican National Committee Chair McDaniel defends herself over recent election losses

“These are people who come after me all the time, they’re on Twitter.” McDaniel said.

Published: November 11, 2023 11:50am

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is defending herself from critics after recent GOP losses in Virginia and Kentucky. 

“A lot of people don’t understand fundraising,” she said during a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham. “I can’t raise state dollars. I don’t get unlimited convention and state dollars. And these were State House and State Senate races.”

“No, I get it,” Ingraham replied.

“So, I mean, come on,” McDaniel said. “These are people who come after me all the time, they’re on Twitter.”

Virginia Democrats maintained control in the state Senate and won control of the House of Delegates in last Tuesday's election. 

Despite the losses, McDaniel complimented Virginia GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin, saying he "raised a lot of money" for GOP candidates.

Republicans lost the Kentucky gubernatorial race with incumbent Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear winning reelection over GOP Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

During the third Republican national debate, presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called on McDaniel to resign over the losses.

"There's something deeper going on in the Republican Party here and I am upset about what happened last night. We've become a party of losers.... Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017 we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022, no red wave, that never came," Ramaswamy said on the debate stage. 

"We got trounced last night in 2023 and I think that we have to have accountability in our party," he added. "For that matter, Ronna, if you want to come up on stage tonight. You want to look the GOP voters in the eye and tell them you resign... I will turn over my time to you."

McDaniel responded to Vivek's calls for her to resign, citing that he just "needs a headline," in an interview with Fox Business, according to Axios.  

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