Ronna McDaniel Reelected as RNC Chairwoman, Vows Last Term in Office

On Friday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was reelected to a fourth consecutive term, winning the support of two-thirds of the RNC members who gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach resort for their winter meeting.[0] McDaniel, who was picked for the role by former President Donald Trump in 2016, faced a strong challenge from Harmeet Dhillon, a legal adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.[1] On the first ballot, McDaniel secured 111 votes to Dhillon's 51 and Lindell's four.[2]

The election was conducted by secret ballot and the vote was largely seen as a referendum on the direction of the party, with McDaniel representing the status quo and Dhillon representing a potential shift in the party's approach.[3] Trump had not formally endorsed either candidate, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a likely rival to Trump in the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race, threw his support behind Dhillon.[4]

The RNC also unanimously approved a resolution opposing “all forms of antisemitism, antisemitic statements and any antisemitic elements that seek to infiltrate the Republican Party”.[4] By name, the resolution explicitly denounced Nick Fuentes, a White supremacist, as well as Kanye West, a rapper with well-known anti-Semitic opinions, both of whom had dinner with President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in November.[3]

After several rounds of voting, South Carolina GOP Chairman Drew McKissick was declared the victor over Trump-endorsed candidate, North Carolina Republican Chairman Michael Whatley, who withdrew from the running for RNC co-chair.[3] On Friday, Joe Gruters, who was chosen by Trump to be RNC Treasurer and had supported McDaniel in her quest to serve a fourth term, was unsuccessful.[3]

McDaniel, in a Fox News exclusive, responded to her re-election, saying “this is my last term as chair. I'm saying it on Fox News. It's done.”[5] Her comments come as the Republican party looks ahead to the 2024 presidential election and attempts to find a way to bridge the divide between the party's more moderate and conservative elements.

0. “The GOP changes practically nothing after the disappointing midterms” Business Insider, 27 Jan. 2023,

1. “GOP to vote Friday on McDaniel, Dhillon, Lindell as new RNC chief” The Hill, 27 Jan. 2023,

2. “Ronna McDaniel Re-Elected RNC Chair After Race of Accusations” The Daily Beast, 27 Jan. 2023,

3. “RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel elected to fourth consecutive term” WTOP, 27 Jan. 2023,

4. “Ronna McDaniel Wins RNC Leadership Post Following Divisive Campaign” The Wall Street Journal, 27 Jan. 2023,

5. “Harmeet Dhillon says Republicans ignore grassroots base at their ‘peril'” Yahoo! Voices, 28 Jan. 2023,