Republican Party Chairman Priebus seeking re-election
November 16th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Republican Party Chairman Priebus seeking re-election

Washington (CNN) – Despite a rough election for the GOP, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is seeking re-election and Friday reached out to state Republican officials across the country asking for their support, sources familiar with the conversations told CNN.

Several officials familiar with the process said they think as of now Priebus has enough support to win.

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"He is reaching out to members about his plans to run for re-election. He enjoys deep support on the committee, and I expect him to be re-elected with overwhelming support. At this point, no one else is making any efforts to contact RNC members about challenging Priebus," one RNC member told CNN, on the condition of anonymity.

"As of now Reince wins. Folks like him, and he is escaping most of the blame game. And I am not sure anyone else really wants it. If governors get behind someone that could change things," a separate veteran RNC member told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, also on the condition of anonymity. "But right now it is Reince."

Priebus, the former head of the Wisconsin Republican party, two years ago took the helm of a Republican National Committee that was deep in debt. He is credited with turning it around financially after the controversial tenure of former chairman Michael Steele.

The committee will meet in January to elect the chairman.

In a letter to RNC members obtained by CNN, Priebus wrote, "This past week many of you have reached out to me over the phone and by email, and I thank you for your support, encouragement, and commitment to our Party."

"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," he wrote. "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."

The RNC has already started a review to look at the problems the Republicans had during this election, including surveys of voters in battleground states which are already underway.

"While the election is still top of the mind, we need to get the best data possible," RNC Communicators Director Sean Spicer told CNN last week.

The two-month long review will also include focus groups, meetings with constituency group leaders, and discussions with party staff, donors and volunteers.

"There's a lot of things that we did extremely well. We need to continue them. We made more voter contacts than ever before. Our research, our videos, were second to none. Our fundraising was phenomenal," added Spicer. "But there were things that didn't work as well. We need to improve on those things. We need to ask ourselves what can we do better."

The review will also study how President Obama's campaign was so successful in turning out the vote and its methods.

soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. FactCheck

    As a Democrat, I fully support his re-election. He is a gift that keeps on giving and will be essential when the Dems take back the House in 2016. Reince, lather, repeat....

    November 17, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. L.Sanfod

    Priebus helped destroy the republicans. He is really incompetent and represents everything that went wrong. He will lead the reps back to the 19 century.Lily white wins again!

    What a crok! It boils down to two things. The GOP CAN be a party of economic issues. It CANNOT ever again be the GOP Rich,White Christian Zealot driven Catholic ANTI Woman and ANTI anyone who doesn't look like me Party. FOX and Limbaugh are destructive and should not be the masters who run the GOP.

    November 17, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Expat American

    Preibus is a sniveling, cowardly little weasel.....but he should stay as RNC Chairman. He would be good for future Democratic victories.

    November 17, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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