The New York Times is reporting that Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will be resigning after the South Carolina Republican primary, which is scheduled for February 24.
The move comes just days after former President Donald Trump told Fox News that “changes” would be coming at the RNC in the coming days and weeks.
According to the report, Trump is expected to back Michael Whatley, the head of the North Carolina GOP, to replace McDaniel. An election will still need to take place under the committee’s rules, though Whatley is also expected to receive an endorsement from McDaniel as well.
Whatley has supported former President Trump’s objections to the 2020 election and has endorsed calls for sweeping election integrity reforms. The former president has also reportedly been pleased with his handling of the North Carolina GOP, which has obtained a supermajority in the state legislature and delivered a comfortable win for Trump in 2020.
The resignation comes after months of mounting pressure and calls for McDaniel’s resignation due to lackluster electoral results and poor fundraising figures. Recent filings showed that the RNC had just over $8 million in cash-on-hand against $1.8 million in debts, a fraction of the Democratic Party’s war chest.
McDaniel had previously announced that she would step aside if the Republican nominee asked her to do so.
This is a developing story.