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RNC Update: Mike Duncan Lost

January 30th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Just saw it on CNN. Stay tuned.

Michael Steele won. (Update: Is winning, faces Katon Dawson)

(Duncan withdrew, technically)

UPDATE: From Huffington Post:

ncumbent Mike Duncan has officially dropped out of the running for RNC Chair, finalizing what was already shaping up as a bad day. With his votes freed up, Michael Steele vaults even further to the status of frontrunner. But Katon Dawson could be the biggest recipient of Duncan’s departure, now assuming the mantle of the party’s social conservative candidate. The fact that the sitting RNC chair is out after three ballots — when he came into the election as the favorite to hold unto the post — must be considered an upset as well as a reflection of just how unpopular people consider the status quo.

Another Update: Watch the proceedings live on

Yet Another Update: From the HuffPo story linked above:

Sure enough, Katon Dawson, the chair of the South Carolina GOP, jumps dramatically into the lead for next RNC Chair, edging out Michael Steele by a two vote margin in the fourth ballot.

And Now: Steele is up 79 to 69 as of last count.

UPDATE: Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s statement:

“Today a dear friend and mentor completed his service as the head of the Republican Party as he is succeeded by another good friend.

“My sincerest appreciation goes out to Mike Duncan for his great service to our party. His friendship and mentorship has helped shape my success and involvement in the Republican Party. There is no finer representation of our Party than Mike Duncan. Kentucky Republicans and Republicans across this great nation owe him our greatest gratitude as he has helped guide our party during the peaks and the valleys of electoral success. My best wishes are extended to Mike and his family as they continue their service to the Commonwealth and their beloved eastern Kentucky.

“My congratulations is extended to my good friend Michael Steele in his election. With his selection, the Republican National Committee has reaffirmed our Party’s commitment to reach across all divides to bring together a winning strategy for the principles that our Party holds dear. I know that Kentucky Republicans stand ready to assist him in electing great conservative leaders to guide our nation, commonwealth, and local communities. I can personally attest that his leadership abilities and vision for our party are exactly what is needed at this critical juncture.

“The Republican Party is stronger today because of Chairman Duncan’s service and will only continue to strengthen under the leadership of Chairman Steele.”

Tags: Mike Duncan · RNC

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BHG // Jan 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Did Steele actually win, or are you just reporting that Duncan dropped out. Are they done voting yet? The 2:41 pm blog post by Ben Smith on Politico says that Dawson of SC is leading Steele by 2 votes after the fourth ballot (which was the first one taken after Duncan dropped out). Apparently a lot of Duncan’s support went to Dawson.

  • 2 BHG // Jan 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Here’s a link to the blog:

  • 3 Republican // Jan 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I wouldn’t have called Duncan the favorite, since there was much dissatisfaction over the ’06 and ’08 House and Senate races. In fact, the fact that he lasted as long as he did in the balloting is surprising to me.

    That said, I hope Michael Steele wins and I hope Duncan comes back to Kentucky and runs for office. He’d be a good governor or senator and a great replacement for Hal Rogers should he retire. Dunc is truly one of the good guys in Kentucky and in GOP politics.

  • 4 Novena // Jan 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    “Trudging through the Winter of Discontent”

    To reinforce Mitch’s new plea for a more diverse GOP tent, Steele would be the Elephant Party’s best bet. I’d feel bad for him, though. He’d have to play-act that his Party actually cares about citizens of any color who are not bluebloods, fat-cat merchants, and greedy Madoff types. Be ready to suck it up and in, Michael.

  • 5 Andy // Jan 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Mostly unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:
    Bunning keeps saying he’s running so that Duncan can see whether or not he wins the Chairmanship with the Senate seat as a fall-back…

  • 6 truth // Jan 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    truth is that Duncan had lot to do with Fletcher administration’s 1st year of hiring…get it? emails shown to the grand jury show emails between Keith Hall (then at ky homeland security) and Duncan talking about how guy named Dan Druen should be added to administration in transportation cabinet…hmmm?

  • 7 Republican // Jan 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Truth, se my response to your same post on Kentucky Progress. In short, Druen was McConnell’s baby, not Duncan’s. That’s common knowledge among those of us who really knew what was going on during the hiring deal.

  • 8 Polar // Feb 1, 2009 at 1:00 am

    So, it’s Michael Steele. Given that he’s a Repugnican, will he appoint Jack Dewey and Marilyn Cheatham to be his assistants? ………….

    It fits, given that it’s the GOP.