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Wisconsin party chief wins election to chair GOP

January 14, 2011
  • Reince Priebus, of the Wisconsin Republican Party, talks with members during the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting, Friday in Oxon Hill, Md.
Associated Press

OXON HILL, Md. — Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus has won the election to be chairman of the Republican National Committee.

He surpassed the 85 necessary votes in the seventh round of balloting on Friday.

Former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis and GOP operative Maria Cino came in second and third. Ann Wagner and current RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped out in earlier rounds.

Priebus will serve for the next two years.

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