Ronna McDaniel Confirms Resignation Rumors

( – Ronna McDaniel, the head of the Republican National Committee (RNC), said that she intends to step down from the leadership role on March 8, following the so-called Super Tuesday elections on March 5. McDaniel will leave the RNC chairship after having served in the position since 2017.

McDaniel reportedly said in a statement that she will step down on March 8 at the RNC’s Spring Training. McDaniel called her time at the helm of the RNC an “honor and privilege,” adding that the organization has historically changed leadership after selecting a presidential nominee. McDaniel chaired the RNC longer than any individual since the American Civil War.

More than a dozen US states and one territory will hold primary elections or caucuses on Super Tuesday, just several days ahead of McDaniel’s departure from the RNC chairship. Former US President Donald Trump is heading into Super Tuesday as the party’s presumptive nominee, having gone undefeated in nominating contests as of this writing.

However, Trump still faces a challenge from former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who has vowed to remain in the race against Trump despite her defeats in early nominating contests. States, including Alabama, Maine, Texas, and Utah, will hold races on Super Tuesday, as well as the territory of American Samoa.

McDaniel’s plans to step down come following calls from Trump to replace her with North Carolina Republican Party chair Michael Whatley. Trump also called for Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law, to serve as RNC co-chair. The RNC requires that the two roles be held by one man and one woman.

Trump initially nominated McDaniel to the RNC leadership role after winning the 2016 presidential election. McDaniel was thrice re-elected to the position but said in 2023 that she would only serve one more two-year term.

The RNC will seemingly find itself working to select a new leader in addition to working to elect the Republican nominee as president in 2024.

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