Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has reportedly agreed to step down from her position after the South Carolina presidential primary later this month, according to party sources.
News of McDaniel’s upcoming resignation—which has not been officially confirmed—comes just after a Monday meeting with former President Donald Trump, who echoed prominent calls for change in the party’s leadership.
Following their meeting at Mar-a-Lago, the former president indicated via Truth Social that “Ronna is now Head of the RNC, and I’ll be making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary as to my recommendations for RNC Growth.”
The Republican primary in South Carolina is scheduled for February 24th.
According to the New York Times, Trump favors North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley, who the former president describes as “a stop-the-steal guy,” to replace McDaniel as head of the RNC. However, Trump cannot unilaterally appoint a new chairman despite being the party’s presumptive nominee, and a committee election would be required to install Whatley in the position.
Rumors of other candidates have emerged since the initial reports of McDaniel’s resignation, including former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, grassroots GOP organizer Scott Pressler, and a host of others.
According to McDaniel, no official decision has been made.
“Nothing has changed,” said the chairwoman via a spokesperson. “This will be decided after South Carolina.”
Calls for McDaniel to resign have mounted for months in light of recent Republican underperformance in key elections since 2020. At the same time, RNC fundraising has been at its lowest in a decade, with the latest filings showing just $8 million in cash on hand and $1.8 million in debt.
This issue came to a head during the third Republican primary debate, when then-candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called out a “cancer in the Republican establishment” and blamed McDaniel for GOP losses in state elections the previous night.
Credit to President Trump for making the right decision. Now onward to *winning* in 2024. https://t.co/annEfgr3Wf
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) February 7, 2024