In races for seats to the RNC's executive committee, several younger members seeking slots on the Budget and Rules committees ousted some of their longest-serving colleagues, a sign many took to be indicative of a widespread hunger for change.
Among those who lost positions were Bob Bennett, the veteran chairman and national committeeman from Ohio, who came up short in a bid to sit on the executive committee. Ron Kaufmann, the national committeeman from Massachusetts, fell to David Norcross, a long-serving New Jersey committeeman.
Perhaps most surprisingly, Virginia committeeman Morton Blackwell, a presence on the RNC for more than three decades, lost races to represent the Southern region on both the budget and rules panel, as a slate of younger, newer candidates swept to power.
Members are set to vote on a chairman and other officers Friday. Incumbent chairman Robert "Mike" Duncan is seeking re-election and is expected to lead the first ballot, but his chances could suffer if committee members are truly in the mood for change.