McDaniel said she would run for reelection if members of her party wanted her to and that she has heard from multiple people that she should, according to Politico. If elected, it would be her fourth two-year term as co-chairwoman of the RNC. Co-chairman Tommy Hicks announced that he will not seek reelection, which will occur during the committee’s winter meeting in January.
Her announcement to remain in power comes despite a disappointing performance from the Republican Party after a red wave failed to appear during the midterm elections despite polls and experts predicting one. However, Republicans are still expected to gain control of Congress’s lower chamber, albeit with a smaller margin than anticipated.
Despite the midterm results, McDaniel is still the favorite to stay on as RNC chairwoman, with over 100 committee members expected to back her, according to the outlet. American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp and his wife, Mercedes Schlapp, a former Trump White House official, are reportedly fielding calls for both chairman and chairwoman, according to NBC News. Neither of them has ruled out the possibility of running.
“We have fielded calls,” Matt Schlapp told NBC News. “My wife would be fantastic.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is also considering replacing Hicks as chairman, according to his media consultant and strategist John Brabender. Zeldin lost his recent bid for governor of New York to Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul last week but by a smaller margin than expected in a solidly blue state.
“He’s talked to people. He’s contemplating. He’s in a fact-finding position right now more than anything,” Brabender told Fox News.
McDaniel and Zeldin would not compete against each other for one slot, per party rules. Instead, the co-chair positions must be held by one man and one woman. David Bossie, a former Trump campaign official, is also being floated as a possible replacement for Hicks.