Mike Duncan has withdrawn from his race for re-election as chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Duncan came in second place on the third ballot with only 44 votes, or 26% of the total. It was very clear that he could not win re-election. Duncan said he was proud of his accomplishment heading up the party over the last two years: “Obviously, the results that we wanted weren’t there. And I think our results going forward will be better.”
Though he was officially talking about how the party’s numbers just weren’t there in 2008, he could have just as easily been referring to his own race today.
The big question now is where his support will go. Will the current leader Michael Steele pick up enough votes from Duncan and other candidates, to take him from his present 51 to the 85 needed for a win?
Another thing: One committee member asked for an extra recess period to sort out the voting, now that Duncan is out — and was roundly booed by others there, with no recess as a result. The strong objection to a recess could be a sign that one campaign felt they could win it right now, and doesn’t want to blow it.