Republicans are calling for Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to step down from her position after Tuesday's elections, which saw a major loss for the GOP in Kentucky.
The evening brought a mixed bag of results for Republicans, with Democrats securing victories in Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio. In Kentucky, Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear was reelected over Trump-backed candidate Daniel Cameron, while Democrats took control of the General Assembly in Virginia. In Ohio, pro-abortion activists saw success, with Ohioans passing an issue to codify the so-called "right" to abortion in the state's constitution.
However, there were some bright spots for Republicans as well. Incumbent Republican Gov. Tate Reeves won reelection in Mississippi, and Republican Jay Ruais pulled off an unexpected win in the mayoral race in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Despite the mixed results, many Republicans are pointing the finger directly at RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, calling for her immediate resignation. Some anti-Trump Republicans, including former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, are blaming the losses on former President Donald Trump. However, others are directing their frustration towards McDaniel.
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Monica Crowley tweeted, "What, exactly, does Ronna McDaniel do, besides lose? The only thing she SHOULD do is RESIGN. Effective immediately." The Gateway Pundit echoed this sentiment, calling McDaniel "totally useless" and demanding her resignation.
John Solomon and Steve Bannon also discussed McDaniel's leadership on their respective platforms, with Solomon stating, "Ronna McDaniel has failed...she has to go." Furthermore, several others have joined in the call for McDaniel's resignation, criticizing her for her lack of action in securing elections from voter fraud, registration fraud, and mail-in ballot fraud.
This is not the first time calls for McDaniel's resignation have surfaced, but previous attempts have not dissuaded her from seeking reelection. However, following Tuesday's losses, it remains to be seen if the pressure will increase for her to step down.
McDaniel has been the RNC chairwoman since 2017 and has faced criticism in the past for her leadership. With the 2022 midterm elections approaching, some Republicans are concerned that the party may suffer further losses if a change in leadership is not made.
In the midst of the division and tension within the Republican party, it is clear that the call for Ronna McDaniel's resignation will not go unnoticed. This latest blow comes as Republicans continue to grapple with navigating the path forward following Trump's departure from the White House. With the midterm elections quickly approaching, the pressure is on for the GOP to regroup and unite under new leadership to secure victories in the future.