Trump to choose Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead RNC

Trump to choose Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead RNC
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Ronna Romney McDaniel is expected to be Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE’s pick to be the next chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), according to two sources with direct knowledge of the deliberations.
 
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McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, is expected to attend Trump's rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday night. The Hill has not been able to confirm, however, whether the president-elect will announce his support for her at the event.
 
McDaniel is the favored choice of current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, according to two sources with direct knowledge of Priebus's thinking. Trump has told Priebus that he wants him to take responsibility for ensuring the RNC is put into safe hands under his presidency. 
 
Priebus knows he's going to have his hands full as the incoming White House chief of staff. So, according to a source familiar with his thinking, he wants his replacement to be somebody that he trusts and who knows their way around the committee.
 
As a committee member, McDaniel, who is Mitt Romney's niece, has the advantage over the other top contender: Nick Ayers, who is viewed as more independent of the RNC. 
 
 
But sources say that unless Trump throws everyone for a last-minute loop, the job belongs to McDaniel. The RNC's 168 members will take the official vote at their January meeting, but it's widely believed that Trump's pick will be rubber-stamped.
 
The Republican Party of the U.S. Virgin Islands seemed to confirm the pick Friday night, releasing a statement commending Trump on his choice.
 
McDaniel appeared Friday night in Grand Rapids, Mich., ahead of Trump's "thank you" rally where she celebrated Michigan's surprise vote for Trump and blasted the recent recount in the state funded by the Green Party's Jill Stein as a "temper tantrum." 
 
"They said a Republican could never win Michigan. I knew better, you knew better, and Donald Trump knew better. We all know — never underestimate Michigan," she said. 
 
"We are proud to have fought for this movement and we thank him for what he has done and for what he is about to do."