Post Politics Now: Ronna McDaniel seeks to hang on as RNC chair

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Ronna McDaniel has been chair of the Republican National Committee since 2017. (Nick Hagen for The Washington Post)

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Today, 168 Republican National Committee members, gathered at a luxury resort in Dana Point, Calif., will decide by secret ballot whether to retain Ronna McDaniel as party chair despite disappointing midterm elections. McDaniel, who was first elevated to her position by President Donald Trump, faces a spirited challenge from Harmeet Dhillon, a California lawyer who has represented Trump and has the backing of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). MyPillow CEO and election denier Mike Lindell is also seeking the position.

President Biden has no events on his public schedule Friday before he heads to Camp David in Western Maryland for the weekend. He confirmed in a statement that Jeff Zients, who oversaw the administration’s pandemic response, will become his new chief of staff, replacing Ron Klain.

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