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Reince Priebus reelected chairman of the Republican National Committee


RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. (Mark Wilson -- Getty)

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been overwhelmingly reelected to his post by committee members.

There were no surprises at the Charlotte meeting. Priebus announced back in November that he had more than enough votes to earn a second term, despite the GOP's losses in that month's presidential and congressional elections. He ran unopposed.

Maine committeeman Mark Willis, a supporter of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, attempted to challenge Priebus but did not achieve the support from three state delegations necessary to get on the ballot. Priebus has repaired relations with frustrated Paul supporters in Nevada.

In a speech, the chairman said the GOP must expand -- not by changing its principles but by modernizing the message and campaigning across the country.

"We will be a Republican Party that people will want to join," he said. "A party that inspires again. Not a party that just says 'no' . . . but a party that says, 'Follow us to a brighter future.'"

Priebus also pledged to focus going forward on technology and field campaign infrastructure, two areas where President Obama enjoyed a significant edge.

"We can stand by our timeless principles—and articulate them in ways that are modern . . . relevant to our time and relatable to the majority of voters," he said. "And that, I believe, is how we’ll achieve a Republican renewal. That’s how we’ll grow. That’s how we’ll win."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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