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Reince Priebus Seeks Return as RNC Chairman

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON ) -- Reince Priebus will run for another term as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

A source close to Priebus’ chairmanship campaign confirmed his decision to ABC News.

The RNC selects its chairman every two years at its winter meetings in January.

Priebus was elected chairman in January 2011 at the Gaylord resort in National Harbor, Md., after seven rounds of voting. He succeeded the embattled Michael Steele, who dropped his bid after four rounds of voting, and also beat out former Missouri GOP chairwoman Ann Wagner, former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis, and former Bush administration official Maria Cino.

He took over after Steele left the party saddled with debt and embroiled in controversy over his leadership. An uproar over young donors at a bondage-themed Los Angeles nightclub, on the RNC’s dime, had not helped things. The party did, however, make historic gains under Steele’s tenure, re-taking the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterms.

Priebus will seek re-election after a tough year for the party, which not only saw Mitt Romney lose to President Obama, but which also fell well short of expectations in down-ballot races. Democrats gained two Senate seats in a cycle that initially Republicans were hopeful of gaining the Senate majority.

Priebus’ tenure, however, has been marked by little controversy, especially compared with Steele’s, and a big GOP victory in his home state of Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker boosted Republicans nationally by surviving a Democratic recall challenge.

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Michael Steele Bows Out, Reince Priebus Wins RNC Chairmanship

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a roller coaster of an election, Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus seized the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee on Friday, defeating the incumbent party chairman and four other high-profile contenders.

Priebus steadily grew his support over seven rounds of balloting, finally clinching the chairmanship with 97 votes – 54 more than second-place finisher Saul Anuzis. Long-time Republican operative Maria Cino finished in third place with 28 votes.

“We have to get on track,” Priebus said. “Together we can defeat Barack Obama in 2012 -- together unified as a committee.”

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele ended a tumultuous two-year chairmanship of the committee on Friday when he withdrew from the race and threw his support behind long-time Republican operative Maria Cino.

"I will step aside because I think the party is ready for something different," Steele said.

Steele received two standing ovations during his brief remarks. "And now I exit stage right," he said.

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Reince Priebus Has Edge in Race to Republican Chairman

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With just days to go until members of the Republican National Committee elect a chairman to lead them into the 2012 presidential election cycle, Wisconsin's Reince Priebus appears to have the edge, while incumbent Michael Steele seems to have the longest odds for keep the job.

The consensus among party insiders, however, is that the race is still essentially anybody's game.

With five candidates vying for the position, including current RNC Chairman Michael Steele, this Friday's election could turn into long day of arm twisting.

So far, Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus has captured more endorsements from the 168 GOP state chairs and national committee members than any other candidate.

Steele, former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis, former Missouri GOP chair Ann Wagner and long-time Republican operative Maria Cino appear to be trailing.  But dozens of members are either undecided or unwilling to publicly commit to a candidate.

One RNC committee member told ABC News there's a "pretty deep and wide consensus among a lot of us that Steele needs to go."

Whoever wins will inherit a party committee that, despite impressive midterm election year victories, is hobbled by financial woes, including debt reaching into the tens of millions as well as a crippled major donor program.  The job won't be about being figurehead for the party -- that role will fall to the eventual Republican presidential nominee -- but rather about running an organization that many committee members believe has veered off course.

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Norm Coleman Not Running for RNC Chairman

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who had expressed interest in running for chairman of the Republican National Committee, has ruled out a bid for the job now that current chair Michael Steele is in the race.

“I’ve been pretty consistent on this, it’s very simple," Coleman said in an interview with the MinnPost on Tuesday. “I’ve said if Steele was running, I wouldn’t run against him. He strongly supported me in the past; I made that commitment to him a number of months ago -- if he’s in I’m not in.”

Notably, Coleman declined to endorse Steele or any other candidate for the job.

Coleman did, indeed, make public promises that he would not seek the chairmanship if Steele decided to jump in. Steele announced his re-election bid in a conference call with members of the committee on Monday night.

If Coleman had run, he would likely have received a mixed reception from the committee. Coleman has been heading up the conservative political group the American Action Network, which raised millions for Republican candidates in the 2010 cycle. So, he has established some fundraising bona fides.

However, he would also have been seen as an outsider (he is not currently one of the 168 voting members of the RNC) vying for a job that many in the party believe should go to own of their own.

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RNC Chair Michael Steele: Staying or Going?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican National Committee insiders predict current RNC chairman Michael Steele will announce Monday he will not run for re-election.

Steele has remained silent about his intentions, even as several challengers launched their own campaigns to replace him.

Those who have announced their candidacy include Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan GOP; Ann Wanger, former head of the Missouri Republican Party; Reince Preibus, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party; Maria Cino, a veteran of the Bush administration; and Gentry Collins, who resigned last month as the RNC’s political director.

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Maria Cino Enters Race For RNC Chair

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Maria Cino, a veteran of the Bush administration who recently spent time out of government lobbying for the pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, officially kicked off her bid for chair of the Republican National Committee on Saturday.

Cino posted the announcement online in a letter to members of the committee. Cino tested the waters for more than a month as she contacted members of the RNC from around the country trying to drum up support for her bid.

She won the high-profile backing of several important GOP figures, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, former counselor to President George W. Bush, Ed Gillespie, among others.

Cino is entering what is shaping up to be an increasingly crowded field of candidates vying to replace current RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who has remained silent on whether he will seek another term. Also competing for the job are former Michigan RNC Chair Saul Anuzis, former Missouri GOP chair Ann Wagner, Wisconsin GOP chief Reince Priebus.

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Wisconsin GOP Chair Enters Race For RNC Chairman

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) -- Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus told fellow members of the Republican National Committee on Monday he was jumping into the race for chairman, dealing another setback to current RNC chief Michael Steele.

Priebus, who has been an ally of Steele's, vowed in a message to the 168 voting members of the committee who will select a chairman next month that, if elected, he would run “a tight ship at the RNC.”

For weeks, Priebus had been rumored as a potential candidate, but he cleared the path to making it official when he stepped down on Sunday as the RNC’s general counsel.

Priebus joins two other already-declared candidates for chairman -- former Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis and former Missouri GOP Chair Ann Wagner. Several other candidates, including former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins, long-time Republican operative Maria Cino and former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan have indicated an interest in getting into the race.

Steele has yet to say whether he will seek a second term, and Priebus’ announcement is another indication of the difficulties he would face even with committee members who were once considered allies.

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RNC Chairman Candidates Distance Themselves from Michael Steele in Forum

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was a no-show at a forum on Wednesday that featured a handful of candidates hoping to succeed him, but the event amounted to a referendum on his leadership.

It made no difference that Steele's name hardly came up at the event, organized by the Tea Party-affiliated group FreedomWorks and the RNC’s Conservative Caucus. The four contenders who participated openly complained about the party’s lackluster fundraising in 2010 and promised to take steps to revive it heading into the 2012.

Former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins, who has not officially declared his candidacy but took part in Wednesday’s session, estimated that the party would need roughly $425 million to pay for election efforts in the next cycle. He pledged to raise that much.

“Chairman Steele is a fine man, he’s a good man and he’s always been good to me personally,” Collins said, but added, “The party under his leadership failed to raise the major donor money” that it will take to beat President Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates two years from now.

“I don't think we can count on 2012 offering the kind of tailwind for Republican candidates as it did in 2010,” Collins said.

The RNC chairmanship will be decided by a vote of the committee's 168 members at the party's January meeting in Washington.

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Former Ambassador Launches Bid For RNC Chair

Photo Courtesy - Ann Wagner for RNC/YouTube(WASHINGTON) -- A former ambassador with deep roots in Republican politics announced her bid for Republican National Committee chair on Monday, becoming the second official candidate for the job.

Ann Wagner’s resume is long on experience in top jobs in both national and state politics in Missouri where she lives. She previously served as co-chairman of the RNC, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party and chairman of Republican Roy Blunt's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. Wagner also served as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg during the George W. Bush administration from 2005 to 2009.

Wagner joins former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis, who was the first official candidate for the job currently held by Michael Steele, who has not said whether he will seek another term.

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