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Reince Priebus, Tossing His Hat in the Ring for RNC Chair



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It had been rumored for a while, and now it’s almost official:

Supporters of Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus formed a committee Monday to back him for national party chairman, another strong sign that Priebus will challenge Michael Steele for the position. Paperwork creating the so-called 527 committee called “Reince for RNC Chairman” was filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Creating the committee comes after Priebus resigned on Sunday as general counsel for the RNC, another strong indicator that he intends to run. Priebus, 38, has not formally announced his intention to challenge Steele, who has not said yet whether he will seek another two-year term… Priebus said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday that will make an announcement about his candidacy soon.

In Wisconsin, Priebus can point to one of the quickest and most remarkable turnarounds for GOP fortunes.

UPDATE: The announcement video:


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