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Ronna McDaniel plans to step down from RNC after SC primary: Report

Sources told the NYT that Trump is likely to recommend North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley to succeed her.

Published: February 6, 2024 8:02pm

Updated: February 6, 2024 8:57pm

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is reportedly planning to step down from her position after long facing calls to do so amid poor fundraising hauls for the GOP.

McDaniel has reportedly told former President Donald Trump that she will step down after the South Carolina GOP primary on Feb. 24, the New York Times reported, citing "two people familiar with the plans."

While the NYT reported that McDaniel had informed Trump she would resign, other outlets citing different sources suggested that the conversation had been less definitive. The Associated Press, for instance, reported that the pair had agreed to delay deciding on her future until after the South Carolina primary, citing "two people familiar with the matter."

CNN, meanwhile, wrote that McDaniel "offered" to resign after the primary, citing "two party advisors." 

"[N]othing has changed. This will be decided after South Carolina," RNC spokesperson Keith Schipper told CNN.

Trump and McDaniel reportedly met on Monday at his Mar-a-Lago estate. On the same day as the reported meeting, Trump offered kind words for McDaniel, pointing to their success in the 2016 presidential campaign, before suggesting he would soon recommend changes at the RNC.

"In my successful run in 2016, the State of Michigan really came through - First time in Decades that it was won by a Republican, and it was headed up by my friend Ronna McDaniel. Ronna is now Head of the RNC, and I’ll be making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary as to my recommendations for RNC Growth," he posted on Truth Social.

Sources told the NYT that Trump is likely to recommend North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley to succeed her, though he would need to win the leadership election to claim the job.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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