Republican Party chief to serve second term at Trump’s request

Republican Party chief to serve second term at Trump’s request
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Ronna Romney McDaniel has accepted an offer from President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE to remain on as the head of the Republican National Committee (RNC) through the 2020 election, according to multiple reports.

The Associated Press and CNN each reported that Trump asked McDaniel to serve another term as chairwoman of the committee. 

CNN reported that Trump approved of her fundraising efforts, and wanted a woman leading the party into the next presidential election year in an effort to close the gender gap between the GOP and Democrats.

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The Hill has contacted the RNC for comment.

McDaniel has led the RNC since 2016, when former chairman Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusTrump blasts Scaramucci as 'incapable' Trump taps Sean Spicer to join Naval Academy board of visitors Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender MORE left to take a job as White House chief of staff. 

It has produced significant fundraising hauls during the current election cycle. The organization reported last month that it has brought in more than $250 million, and has $42 million in the bank.

Both numbers surpass the totals of the Democratic National Committee, which reported that as of July it had raised $116 million during the current cycle and had $7.8 million in the bank.

The fundraising disparity comes as Republicans are attempting to stave off Democratic efforts to retake the majority in the House and in the Senate in next month's midterms.

Democrats need to pick up a net of 23 seats in November to secure control of the House, and must pick up a net of two seats to take over the majority in the Senate.