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Trump asks RNC chair to stay for 2020 election

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE confirmed Thursday he’s asked Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries RNC chair on censures of pro-impeachment Republicans: 'Overwhelmingly, our party agrees with each other' MORE to stay on for a second two-year term as chairwoman of the Republican National Committee so that she can assist in his 2020 reelection campaign. 

“As RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel oversaw history defying gains in the Senate and unprecedented fundraising strength. I have asked her to serve another term for my 2020 re-elect, because there is no one better for the job!” he tweeted.

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It was first reported in October that McDaniel would stay on for second term.

McDaniel, who is also Sen.-elect Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Romney's TRUST Act is a Trojan Horse to cut seniors' benefits MORE’s (R-Utah) niece, was elected RNC chair in 2017 to replace Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusEx-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid On The Trail: Little GOP interest in post-election introspection Author: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff MORE as he became White House chief of staff.

Trump’s endorsement makes it unlikely that McDaniel will face a challenger as the president solidifies his grip on the Republican Party.

While Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives after Democrats flipped a net of approximately 40 seats, they were able to expand their majority to 53-47 in the Senate, defeating several senators in states Trump carried in 2016.

McDaniel has emerged as an effective fundraiser for the party and a staunch defender of the president.