Blackwell Drops RNC Bid, Endorses Steele

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Ken Blackwell, who has been in last place in all four ballots that have been held so far in the RNC chair race, has just withdrawn his candidacy — and he’s endorsed Michael Steele.

Blackwell had the support of many movement conservative activists and bloggers, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Blackwell won 15 votes on the fourth ballot, compared to 62 for Katon Dawson, 60 for Steele, and 31 for Saul Anuzis. If Blackwell’s supporters were to all go to Steele, that would put the former Maryland Lt. Governor at 75 votes, just ten shy of the 85 needed to win.

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