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Republican National Committee chairmanship election, 2011


Republican National Committee chairmanship election, 2011

Republican National Committee chairmanship election, 2011
January 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)

Candidate Reince Preibus Saul Anuzis Maria Cino
Caucus vote 97 43 28
Percentage 57.7% 25.5% 16.6%

Chairman before election

Michael Steele

Elected Chairman

Reince Priebus

The 2011 Republican National Committee (RNC) chairmanship election was held on January 14, 2011, to determine the next chairman of the RNC, who will serve a two-year term ending in 2013 and will lead the party through the 2012 general elections. After seven rounds of balloting, Reince Priebus was elected chairman over incumbent chair Michael Steele, Saul Anuzis, Ann Wagner and Maria Cino.[1]


  • Candidates 1
  • Timeline 2
  • Debates 3
  • Polling 4
  • Results 5
  • References 6


Former candidates who withdrew before voting began



A debate among the candidates hosted by Americans for Tax Reform took place on January 3, 2011 at the National Press Club.[10] Anuzis, Cino, Priebus, Steele, and Wagner participated in the debate.[11]

  • Republican Committee Chair Debate, C-SPAN, January 3, 2011, full video


A poll by the National Journal, released on January 13, 2011, showed Priebus in the lead with 40 committed votes out of 168, Steele 17, Wagner 15, Anuzis 14, and Cino 12.


With 168 voting members of the RNC, 85 votes were required to win the chairmanship.

Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
Priebus, ReinceReince Priebus 45 52 54 58 67 80 97
Anuzis, SaulSaul Anuzis 24 22 21 24 32 37 43
Cino, MariaMaria Cino 32 30 28 29 40 34 28
Wagner, AnnAnn Wagner 23 27 32 28 28 17 Withdrew
Steele, MichaelMichael Steele 44 37 33 28 Withdrew
     Candidate won majority of votes in the round
     Candidate secured a plurality of votes in the round
     Candidate withdrew


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