Priebus to seek second term as RNC chair, says he has the votes

November 16, 2012

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Friday that he will seek another two-year term for his current job and says he has far more support than he needs to keep it.


RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

In an e-mail to supporters, Priebus said he has commitments from 130 of 168 members. He only needs the support of a majority of members -- 85.

"When I return the week after Thanksgiving, I intend to make an official announcement that I am running to continue on as your Chairman, but I wanted to let you all know first," Priebus said. 

He added: "Also, I am humbled by the over 130 RNC Members who I have talked to who have pledged their support and public endorsement for me to continue on as Chairman so we can finish the job that we started and continue to grow our Party.

Priebus was seen as likely to stay on board and hasn't seen any tough challengers step forward, despite a disappointing performance for the party on Election Day last week.

Republicans lost the presidential race, two seats in the Senate and at least six seats in the House.

The party will pick its next chairman in January. Priebus defeated then-RNC Chairman Michael Steele two years ago.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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