Dhillon wins key endorsement, Texas and Arizona GOP drop McDaniel, as RNC chair race heats up

Several state GOP groups have expressed frustration with McDaniel's leadership and called for a new RNC head.

Published: December 12, 2022 7:52am

Updated: December 13, 2022 1:28am

Trump attorney Harmeet Dhillon is getting some support from within the Republican National Committee in her bid to unseat Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Over the weekend, Dhillon got the backing of longtime RNC member Morton Blackwell, founder of the conservative training group The Leadership Institute.

"She has a long and successful record as a leader for conservative principles at the state and national levels," tweeted Blackwell, a committee member from Virginia.

Most committee members have already pledged their support for a fourth term for McDaniel. But Republicans have underperformed in the past three election cycles, after McDaniel become the RNC leader in 2017, which is raising concerns about reelecting her.

New Jersey RNC Committeeman Bill Palatucci told The Washington Times on Sunday that he takes support pledges "with a grain of salt."

Several state RNC groups have expressed frustration with the RNC under McDaniel, who was President Trump's pick after getting elected in 2016.

The Texas Republican Party recently joined the Arizona Republican Party in expressing no confidence in McDaniel and calling for new leadership.

"Clearly, the grassroots think it's time for a change," the Arizona group tweeted.

Tennessee RNC Committeewoman Beth Campbell posted Saturday on Twitter that she discussed the RNC elections with  committee member Oscar Brock and found "overwhelming support for Leadership change [in] the RNC."

Dhillon announced her candidacy for RNC head last week. 

"After three successive terms of underwhelming results at the polls for the GOP," she said, "I feel that we owe it to our voters to have a serious debate about the leadership of the party and what we must change to actually win in 2024.

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