GOP picks Priebus to head party, replacing Steele

Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.

OXON HILL, Md. — Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus (Ryns Pree'-bus) has won the election to be chairman of the Republican National Committee.

He surpassed the 85 necessary votes in the seventh round of balloting on Friday.

Former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis and GOP operative Maria Cino came in second and third. Ann Wagner and current RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped out in earlier rounds.

Priebus will serve for the next two years.

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