Republican Party Chairman Priebus seeking re-election
November 16th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
9 years 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. v_mag

    "He enjoys deep support on the committee, and I expect him to be re-elected with overwhelming support."
    And Reince expected Rob-money to be elected with overwhelming support, too. Just because Reince mucked up the election is no reason to can him, in Republican eyes.

    November 16, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Kef14

    Please re-elect this awkward weaselly goofball. Best thing that could happen for the Dems. I enjoyed his spiteful chuckling while he was trying to complain about Biden's supposed spiteful chuckling during the VP debate.

    November 16, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Prince Reebus makes Steele look like a genius.

    November 16, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. California Gary

    If you look up the word "dweeb" in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of this guy. He did such a great job in this election cycle, why not sign him up for another hitch? I think that's a great idea for the GOP.......they should also start forming their ticket for 2016......I suggest Romney/McCain.

    November 16, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. rs

    Re-elect this guy! He is doing a wonderful job making the GOP look like the most out-of-touch people on the planet!

    November 16, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. The Situation

    LOL, This weasel has been very quite since MItts got thrashed last Tuesday!

    November 16, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "As of now Reince wins .... And I am not sure anyone else really wants it."

    Indeed. Heck, why not keep him on until 2016 ... he ought to be good for another "feeling the love" presidential blooper convention.

    November 16, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Let's Move Forward

    Same old republicans. They should run him out of town on a rail.

    November 16, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. 2020

    That is one man you don't need in GOP.

    or, look it that way, may be Democrat will have another 8 years after President Obama.

    In this sense, not bad.

    Let Priebus runs GOP over the cliff. won't shed a tear.

    November 16, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. John the Historian

    The whole Christian Right party is going done. The people do not want to be legislated to. Willard has gone to the cult planet of kolob and Ryan is going to purgatory. Live and let live. Republicans stop trying to legislate morality. You will never overtturn Roe versus Wade. As Roberts said settled American law. Gay marriage is coming get use to it.

    November 16, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rince once, wash again. Repeat!
    The joke is that this idiot will probably get re-elected because his people don't think that they have an internal, inherent problem.
    They think WE'RE the problem.
    RIP GOP – in advance.

    November 16, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    I thank you for your support, encouragement, and commitment to our Party."

    Maybe it's just me, but when they say "party" it sounds like some kind of a secret organization with criminal intent and malice towards minorities. Rinse is perfect for this "party", he represents everything they stand for nasty, racist loud mouth, disrespectful bigots. They deserve each other. Steele should be glad he got out of there and into good company with MSNBC.

    November 16, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Willie Floyd

    I knew the GOP was in trouble but if this is the best they have-they're even worse than I thought.

    November 16, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. edog

    Funny how a "White" Party Chairman lost an election is going to be re-elected overwhelmingly, while the "Black" Chairman (Steele) who won the 2010 election gets fired!

    GOP is the Party of Old and White! The true America will always prevail. Like it or not GOP, America is the land of immigrants, the land of hope, and the land of opportunity for all!

    November 16, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. GovtReform

    Wow, he's gonna get it because nobody else wants it. That's really gotta make him feel good. I have a question, is the Repub chair also immediately considered the President Of The confederate States?

    November 16, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Andrew morrison kamara

    I am sierra leonean all register sierra leonean will tomorrow go into the polls to decide who will lead this country for the next five years into a better country for us to live. This leader is H.E President DR Ernest Bai Koroma

    November 16, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Does this guy know GOP is dead for acting as a CULT.

    November 16, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. plt726

    Hmmm! Michael Steele screwed it up; Prenuts put it back together again, and they still lost. The logic is escaping me.

    November 16, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. jimranes

    The GOP would be better served if they elected a rat as GOP Chairman. A rat would be more appealing, better looking and much smarter.

    November 16, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    Now the GOP is about to promote a LOSER & a Failure all rolled into one?!!!..........John Mcshame should be really proud of Lindsey Graham boyfriend, Rinse Clown_bus!!!!

    November 16, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Boss Hogg

    Good lord. Seriously? He makes Sarah Palin seem literate, and John McCain seem happy and sane. Way to go, GOP! Double down on your bad choices.

    November 16, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Strategic Bob


    no rat would sink so low as to accept chairmanship of the Republican Party. rats, after all, do have some standards...

    November 16, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. JJD

    I would fire him...

    November 16, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    That's nice. Can never have enough derp, right Teatrolls?

    November 16, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |

    Micheal Steele can't stand this weasel Rinse Prebum because he STABBED HIM in the back!!! the GOP is rewarding a FAILURE instead of the guy who won them more house seats in Congress!!!!

    rinse & repeat....the GOP is DONE!!!

    November 16, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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