In a statement, Ms. McDaniel sought to acknowledge some concerns, stating: “168 RNC members choose who will lead the RNC. I hope to win their support, and this is the most important support.”
A committee spokesman, Mike Reid, said that Ms. McDaniel and the committee had always followed the bylaws for not supporting candidates in Republican primaries. “The policy will continue as long as he is in the chair to remain completely neutral in Reid’s priorities,” Mr. Reid said.
Senior Republican official close to Ms. McDaniel He said they were already seeking new arrangements between the RNC and the Trump campaign about donor and data lists, which would provide copies of some lists to Mr. Trump, but also to other candidates through the committee Will provide Furthermore, these Republicans said, there are limits to how influential the RNC can be in party primaries.
Ms. McDaniel, a Michigan native, has a gilded political pedigree: she is the niece of Utah Senator Mitt Romney and the granddaughter of Michigan’s three-time Governor George Romney. She earned Mr. Trump’s trust during the 2016 campaign by urging him to make trips to his home state, which he credits for helping him win there.
She has told people that she does not intend to take another word after 2022, with one person briefed on the discussions, a move that could ensure the possibility of leaving before the 2024 presidential cycle.
No one has yet come forward to challenge Ms. McDaniel, but some influential Republicans are trying to stir up support for Colorado Senator Corey Gardner, who has just lost his election bid and Trump supporter Trump – Conservatives are well-liked among Republicans alike in Washington. Mr. Gardner did not respond to two emails asking if he had any interest in presiding.
Current and former committee members who may prove to be the most formidable have said that they will not run allies. It includes Mr. Barbour – whose uncle, the former government, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, took over the party after losing the Republican presidential race in 1992 – and Mr. Trump’s first Chief of Staff and a former RNC chairman, Ribin Prebus.