January 14th, 2009
10:26 PM ET
14 years ago

Candidates for RNC chair pick up more endorsements

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The endorsements continued Wednesday in the six-way race to take over the Republican National Committee, but the campaign remains wide-open with just two weeks left before the party gathers in Washington to select its next leader.

For the third straight day this week, incumbent chairman Mike Duncan picked up backing from the party membership, earning the support of Arkansas committee members Jim Burnett and Reta Hamilton. In a letter to party members, Burnett insisted that Duncan not be blamed for the party’s electoral drubbing in November. Instead, he wrote, Duncan managed to raise a record amount of money and compile a substantial e-mail list in the face of a Democratic headwind.

Meanwhile, Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis scored the support of Rhode Island GOP chair Giovanni D. Cicione, who published a letter on Anuzis’ blog praising the Michigander’s energy and commitment to technological innovation.

Duncan leads his opponents with 22 public endorsements, followed by Anuzis, who has 13. South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell each have 12 endorsements.

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has nine pledged votes, and former Mike Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman has none.

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  1. chuck


    January 14, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. Home of the Free

    It's funny Black guys thought that the republican party would pick them to lead the party. lmao

    January 14, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. Franky

    "After all, if Palin wants to be a serious presidential contender, she will need broader support than just the rank-and-file conservatives who respond so energetically to media-bashing."

    And by the way, with Alaska being one of the most corrupt states in the country, she's gonna need to do a lot more than just "turning us on" with the bash smashing of the media. Plus, I bash the media everyday and you don't see me get turned on. Plus, I could make Conservatives mad so easy with that woman, just tell her to keep on trying...

    Do what we do, just relax, do some work and do some business. Plus, I just finished right now to what I was doing and you sure know as hell I'm gonna take a break. That's what she needs, she needs a break and continue working on the "Hyperbolic Time Chamber." Is a cartoon type of thing, LOL!!

    January 14, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. chuck


    January 14, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    If they support making Barrack, Nancy, Harry, and the rest of the democrats in the Senate and House have to ride around in a Honda Fit like they want my family of 5 to ride in, then which ever one can do this gets my supporrt for head of the RNC.

    January 14, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. I hope blackwell gets the nomination

    that would be the end of the Repub party

    Bush dealt the repubs a tough hand with his nightmarish last 8 years

    January 14, 2009 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Julianne

    Does any of this really matter?

    January 14, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. World Leader

    They should all relinquish their aspirations and collectively nominate and endorse Ron Paul.

    January 15, 2009 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  9. Will

    Republicans would be smart to pick Steele. He's a great, moderate figure, in the Republican party.

    January 15, 2009 03:12 am at 3:12 am |