January 30th, 2009
02:16 PM ET
4 years ago

RNC Race: Mike Duncan ends his re-election bid

Duncan pulled out of the RNC chair race Friday.

Duncan pulled out of the RNC chair race Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Party chairman Mike Duncan, who was appointed to lead the party by George W. Bush in 2007, dropped his re-election bid on Friday, telling committee members: “Obviously the winds of change are blowing here at the RNC.”

Duncan rose to address the 168-member committee after a three disappointing rounds of balloting in the chairman’s election. He bled votes on every successive ballot, his support trickling to the other candidates in the race.

Despite the sometimes contentious nature of the campaign and criticism that the party suffered with him at the helm, Duncan told the crowd the race has been worth it.

“I thought this would be good for the party,” he said. “And I think it has been.”

With Duncan out of the running, the race comes down to four candidates: former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson, Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

Duncan earned a noisy round of applause when he said running the committee "has truly been the highlight of my life.”

(Updated 2:32 pm)

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Simmy

    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but Blackwell and Steele are the only diverse Americans I see in the room.

    Please post.........................

    January 30, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. alvino

    Just like paint drying, the excitement continues to mount.

    January 30, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Change

    GOP = Goofs on Parade

    January 30, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. john

    the 3 biggest faces of the GOP by the 2010 elections could be Steele, Jindal, and Palin. amazing!

    January 30, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. EC


    What it is with OLD WHITE MEN and their hair? OLD men should NOT be wearing patched carpets on their heads. It makes them look so AWFUL, what are these men thinking?


    It just makes you look all the more ridiculous at your age walking around with a silly pasted piece of hair patched on your head!!

    WHY are men so scared of being bald?

    Donald Trump needs to CUT the mess of his hair too. I know his wife thinks he looks utterly ridiculous. Men, they just can't seem to grow old gracefully. So sad.

    January 30, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. DC in AZ

    Seriously? Ride the wave..."I know lets show everyone WE are changing by picking this black man".

    I am an individual who is made up of many beliefs, I don't affiliate myself with a single party ideology I am me. I honestly repsect some of the core values of the republican party but when the face of the party is Limbaugh and crazies like Palin, come on. By the way, the RNC is full of hate, not that it isn;'t out there in general, but that party is FULL of it, see Limbaugh again.

    RNC = If it isn't our way, its wrong and you all suck.

    January 30, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. American at Heart

    This is the reason why the Rebublicans will continue to struggle ... Serious problems with being genuine:
    Heckkuva job, Dunkie!

    I think Dawson (Obama’s worst nightmare) will probably win. The important thing is to make black voters think republicans care about them.

    January 30th, 2009 3:03 pm ET .

    January 31, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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