Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will decide by next week whether to run for his post again.
He is leaning towards running, a senior Republican official says, and has been getting calls and e-mails from committee members urging him to stay on. Priebus, the former head of the Wisconsin Republican Party, took control of the RNC in 2011. He is widely credited with leading the committee out of debt incurred under former chairman Michael Steele and repairing relations with top Republicans.
The chairmanship is ultimately in the hands of those 168 members, who will vote on their new leader in January. Had Mitt Romney defeated President Obama on Tuesday, he would have chosen the party chairman.