It took six ballots but the first African-American Republican candidate won in a stunning turn of events when current Chairman Mike Duncan withdrew from the race throwing several committments to South Carolina candidate Katon Dawson. The final ballot resulted in Steele winning the race with 91 votes to Dawson’s 77.
Capping his victory speech, Steele said, “It’s time for something completely different, and we’re gonna bring it to them. Get ready baby. It’s time to turn it on.”
Congratulations to Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele!