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Friday’s secret ballot for the next Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman marks the latest chapter in a bitter feud between former President Trump’s allies and within a party rocked by disappointing elections.

Acting Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel faces challenges from Harmeet Dhillon, a former legal adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign and a member of the RNC committee, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a staunch supporter of the former president. McDaniel himself was appointed head of the RNC by Trump in 2016.

The intraparty struggle comes amid growing calls for new leadership after Republicans failed to win the House of Representatives in 2018, lost the presidency and both houses of Congress and lost their Senate majority in 2020, while winning fewer-than-expected House seats in 2022.

The dust is also still settling on Republicans venting their tensions in a 15-round vote to elect House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (California) earlier this month.

Still, in an interview with Semafor last week, McDaniel said she was confident she had “good enough support to win her fourth term.”

Here are five things you should know about the RNC chairperson election taking place this week:

The race is controversial

McDaniel, who began her first term after then-RNC chairman Reince Priebus became the Trump administration’s chief of staff, has fiercely defended her term despite lackluster Republican electoral performance and a series of no-confidence votes.

Their challengers also come from Trump’s ranks. Dhillon represented the former president during the Jan. 6 special committee investigation that attempted to subpoena him, and Lindell is a prominent Trump supporter and denier of the 2020 presidential election results.

In addition to calling for new leadership, some Republicans said the party needs to better communicate its political agenda and become more involved in recruiting candidates.

Others have criticized McDaniel for hiring current and former Trump advisers to work for the party and for including the RNC in Trump’s efforts to undermine the 2020 election, the Washington Post noted.

In her interview with Semafor, McDaniel said of the recent midterm results, “I’m not the coach. I don’t choose the players, I choose the voters. I don’t name the pieces, the candidates choose their own pieces.”

“I think there is a tendency to scapegoat or ignore the victories,” the RNC chairwoman told the news outlet. “I mean, we defied history in 2018 and won three Senate seats in an intervening year. We won 15 seats in the House of Representatives in 2020, which was unprecedented, and then won back the House of Representatives this year.”

RNC Committee members will have busy schedules

RNC Committee members will meet in Dana Point, Calif. this week, which will include candidate forums on Wednesday and Thursday. McDaniel needs the votes of a simple majority of 168 RNC members to win.

Several letters have circulated in recent months with more than 100 RNC members publicly supporting McDaniel, while Dhillon’s website for her campaign for the RNC chairmanship has 28 endorsements from state leaders and RNC committee members. Their website states that it is a “partial list”.

McDaniel will likely win

McDaniel is likely to win as these circulated letters suggest the RNC chairman has more than the simple majority of the votes needed to serve another two-year term. Former Rep. Lee Zeldin (RN.Y.), who lost by single figures to Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) in the New York gubernatorial race, chose not to run against McDaniel. claim in a statement in December that her “re-election appears to be already pre-baked”.

Term is a huge advantage for any candidate running for re-election, and McDaniel is no different. Still, Fox News noted that it’s the first time in more than a decade that the organization will see a competitive race for its top spot.

Trump does not weigh up publicly

One notable voice missing from the RNC leadership race is Trump, although those with direct knowledge told The Associated Press that the former president would be willing to publicly endorse them but has reportedly asked McDaniel not to run in the election .

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has also avoided entering the race.

But that hasn’t stopped others, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who supports Dhillon. Several other Republican groups have also weighed in, including the Alabama Republican Party, which said it would not support the incumbent, while the Texas GOP last month passed a resolution signaling members wanted to replace McDaniel.

Meanwhile, a letter received from The Hill earlier this month revealed that more than 150 Republican donors supported McDaniel in the RNC chairman election.

Another example of a split GOP

While McDaniel is likely to win, another clearly visible split within the party is the race ahead of a key presidential election in 2024.

Earlier this month House Republicans held 15 votes for the Speakership when a group of backing-off Republicans demanded concessions from current Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). The multiple votes revealed fissures within the party, as not all Republicans were united in supporting McCarthy as the House leader.

The RNC election also comes as Republicans flippantly say who they will support for the GOP presidential nominee. While these divisions are not necessarily new — there will almost always be defections within a party when it comes to picking a presidential nominee — Republicans will be forced to choose whether to support Trump for another White House run or someone new Select.

And after the November midterm elections, some Republicans suggested that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who won his race by a staggering 19 points, be the party’s new flag-bearer.

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