Who Will Carry the GOP Flag?

The candidates with hats in or near the ring
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2008 8:11 AM CST
Who Will Carry the GOP Flag?
South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson announces January 19th 2008 as the date of his state's primary at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

No one has emerged as a clear-cut favorite to chair the Republican National Committee, writes Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post, but plenty of politicians are interested. Here’s a rundown on who has a hat in—or near—the ring:

  • Mike Duncan: Many dismiss the current chairman’s re-election chances, but the committee members may want an insider.
  • Michael Steele: The closest thing the race has to a frontrunner, Steele has an experienced team and a bit of star power, thanks to his well-received “Drill Baby, Drill” convention speech.

  • Saul Anuzis: The determined Michigan GOP head has support from five state chairs, but his state went deep blue in the election.
  • Chip Saltsman: Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager is waging a door-to-door campaign. But some think he’s more focused on the Huckster’s 2012 efforts.
  • Katon Dawson: The exceedingly ambitious South Carolina chair is selling himself as a true Reaganite.
  • Jim Nussle: Still mulling it over, but Bush ties could hurt him.
  • Jim Greer: Florida chair is also on the fence. He's a strong fundraiser, but his moderate views might hurt him.
(Read more RNC stories.)

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