Uncertainty reigns in the race for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee despite the election being less than a month away.
Conversations with a number of strategists close to the RNC – and its 168 voting members – suggest that none of the six candidates in the running are anywhere close to securing the 85 votes needed to claim the chairmanship.
But two tiers of candidates have begun to emerge, with the top three seen as potential winners and the bottom three regarded as longer shots. Given the number of undecided voters and the unpredictability of the ballot process, though, it’s hard to count anyone out at the moment.
Our handicapping of the field at this point is below – ranked in order of likelihood of winning.
The first tier includes: Reince Priebus, Saul Anuzis and Ann Wagner.
Current RNC Chairman Michael Steele headlines the second tier which also includes Maria Cino and Gentry Collins.