Ronna McDaniel, Chair Of The RNC, Verifies Reports Of Her Impending Resignation

( — Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel announced on Monday that she would be stepping down in March, NBC News reported.

McDaniel, the longest-serving RNC chair, said in a statement that it had been her “honor and privilege” to serve as party chair for the past seven years. Touting her accomplishments, like establishing an initiative to boost early voting and expanding minority outreach, she said she would officially step aside during the RNC’s March 8 spring meeting in Houston.

News of McDaniel’s imminent departure was first reported in early February by the New York Times.

McDaniel had been facing pushback from a vocal faction within the party that intensified when presumptive nominee Donald Trump suggested that it was time for change.

McDaniel met with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in early February, where they reportedly discussed her possible departure. The pair agreed to hold off the decision until after last Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary.

Shortly after the meeting, Trump announced that he was endorsing North Carolina party chair Michael Whatley as the new chairman and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump as the new co-chair.

In her statement officially announcing her resignation, McDaniel noted that the RNC typically makes changes once the party has a presidential nominee and said it had always been her intention “to honor that tradition.”

Donald Trump selected McDaniel following his 2016 victory, when former RNC Chair Reince Priebus resigned to join the Trump White House as chief of staff.

The niece of Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), McDaniel came to Trump’s attention in 2016 when she was Republican Party Chair of Michigan, where she oversaw Trump’s surprising victory over Hillary Clinton in the Midwest state.

McDaniel survived a challenge from a California Republican Party official, attorney Harmeet Dhillon, in January 2023. But after a string of losses starting with the 2018 Democratic “Blue Wave,” McDaniel faced stiff opposition from some factions of the party, especially in light of the RNC’s dismal fundraising efforts last year.

The Associated Press reported on Monday that RNC co-chairman Drew McKissick also announced he would be stepping down as the party shifts its focus from the primaries to the general election.

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