Priebus Claims Super Majority In RNC Race
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus says he has 150 votes in his bid to win a second term atop the national party, far above the 85 votes he would need to win two more years.
"I'm humbled to announce that, as of today, over 150 members have pledged their public support of my re-election," Priebus says in a video declaring his candidacy. There are only 168 members of the Republican National Committee, meaning only a dozen or so members haven't told Priebus they'll be voting his way when the RNC meets in Charlotte in January.
Priebus touches on the GOP's poor showing on Election Day without specifically mentioning them, while simultaneously touting his record fundraising hauls over the last two years. And the video -- slick, professionally produced and full of campaign-like clips and graphics -- is worth a watch, if only to marvel at the effort Priebus is putting into a race that's all but locked up.
In the last few days, former Rep. J.C. Watts has said he's contemplating a bid. And Michael Steele, the chairman Priebus ousted in 2011, said on MSNBC on Thursday even he might run again.
But if Priebus's whip count is right, he'll easily coast to a second term.