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First Hurdle for Aspiring RNC Chairs: Getting on the Ballot

In the end, I would be surprised if any of the six men running for RNC Chair failed to get enough support to qualify for the ballot . . . but so far, only four are on the ballot for sure.

South Carolina GOP chief Katon Dawson, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis and current chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan all have the backing of a majority of delegates from three states, the threshold for appearing on the ballot.

Two other candidates have yet to release enough names to guarantee a spot on the ballot. Former Maryland Lieutenant Gov. Michael Steel and former Tennessee GOP party chairman Chip Saltsman, who was criticized by Duncan and Anuzis for circulating a CD to RNC members that included the parody song “Barack the Magic Negro,” are also running for the position.


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