RNC Election, Round Three: Steele Takes The Lead — Can He Keep It?

The RNC has announced the third round of ballot results for the RNC chair race — and it shows incumbent Mike Duncan going down as Michael Steele takes the lead. The numbers, compared to the second round:

• Steele 51 (+3)

• Duncan 44 (-4)

• Dawson 34 (+5)

• Anuzis 24 (+0)

• Blackwell 15 (-4)

It’s hard to imagine how Duncan comes back from here, as an incumbent with only 26% of the vote. The most likely scenario now is that Michael Steele or another non-Duncan candidate will end up emerging as the winner.