In an announcement, Ms. McDaniel sought to assuage some of the considerations, stating: “The 168 R.N.C. members select who will lead the R.N.C. I hope to win their assist, and that’s the most necessary endorsement.”
A committee spokesman, Mike Reed, mentioned that Ms. McDaniel and the committee had at all times adopted bylaws not to endorse candidates in Republican primaries. “That coverage to stay fully impartial in primaries will proceed so long as she is chair,” Mr. Reed mentioned.
Senior Republican officers shut to Ms. McDaniel mentioned they have been already looking for new preparations between the R.N.C. and the Trump marketing campaign over the donor and information lists, which would supply Mr. Trump with copies of sure lists but additionally depart them out there to different candidates via the committee. Beyond that, these Republicans mentioned, there are limits to how influential the R.N.C. will be in occasion primaries.
Ms. McDaniel, a Michigan native, has a gilded political pedigree: She is the niece of Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and the granddaughter of George Romney, a three-term Michigan governor. She earned Mr. Trump’s belief partially by urging him to make journeys to her residence state throughout the 2016 marketing campaign, which he credit with serving to him win there.
She has instructed individuals she doesn’t intend to search one other time period after 2022, one particular person briefed on the discussions mentioned, a transfer that might guarantee her exit earlier than the 2024 presidential cycle will get underway in earnest.
So far no person has emerged to problem Ms. McDaniel, however some influential Republicans are attempting to stir assist for Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who has simply misplaced his re-election bid and is well-liked amongst pro-Trump and Trump-skeptical Republicans alike in Washington. Mr. Gardner didn’t reply to two emails inquiring whether or not he had any curiosity in the chairmanship.
The present and former committee members who could show most formidable have instructed associates they won’t run. That consists of Mr. Barbour — whose uncle, former Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, took over the occasion after Republicans misplaced the presidency in 1992 — and Reince Priebus, Mr. Trump’s first chief of employees and a former R.N.C. chairman.