Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, told members she plans to seek re-election for another term — hoping to lead the party through the 2024 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with a conference call on Monday.
As allegations intensify over a disappointing midterm election cycle for Republicans, and after Democrats retain their majority in the Senate, discontent spreads to the public as the party heads for leadership elections in the House, Senate and RNC .
During an afternoon talk, McDaniel told members she intended to run for a fourth term — and asked for their support.
She has received private support from about 100 members, an aide said, though the hunger for new leadership is running through some parts of the party.
She was first chosen to lead the RNC when former President Donald Trump took office.
The two have worked closely together over the past five years, with occasional skirmishes, but he has not publicly stated his intentions about who he would like to see leading the national party.
Possible challengers: A potential challenge could come from South Dakota, as Governor Kristi Noem has been answering calls from top GOP donors urging her to bid for president of the RNC, CNN has learned.
Sources familiar with the matter said Noem, who slid into re-election last Tuesday, has been contacted by several major RNC donors seeking a change in leadership after a disappointing midterm for Republicans.
“I think the party would very much like to have another female chairman,” said a person familiar with the attempt to draft Noem. The statutes of the committee stipulate that the chairman and co-chair must be of the opposite sex.
Ian Fury, Noem’s communications director, declined to “confirm or deny” attempts to recruit Noem for the high-profile position.
It is currently unclear if Noem is interested in the job. Sources said the South Dakota Republican, who has previously been put forward as a potential running mate if Donald Trump makes a successful bid for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, received a call from the former president immediately following her re-election win. She has been invited to appear on Tuesday at his anticipated 2024 campaign announcement, these sources said.
Republican Representative Lee Zeldin, who made a better-than-expected but ultimately unsuccessful bid for New York governor this year, has also returned calls encouraging him to run for RNC chairman, a source with knowledge of the talks told CNN . NBC first reported that Zeldin was taking calls and encouraging him to run.
Meanwhile, Tommy Hicks, co-chair of the committee, said in a statement Monday that he would not seek re-election for a third term. Hicks, who has served as co-chair for four years, said in a letter to RNC members that it was time to focus on his family.
Trump has also maintained a close relationship with McDaniel and Hicks, though Republicans have speculated whether there will be a shakeup at the RNC following Tuesday’s disappointing interim results from the GOP.
After the midterms, “someone new needs to run and clean the RNC’s house,” a Trump adviser told CNN.