Tommy Hicks Jr. was elected Republican National Committee co-chairman, a sign that President Trump’s influence inside the national party has not waned since losing to President-elect Joe Biden Nov. 3 and being blamed for inciting a siege of the U.S. Capitol just this week.
With the Trump-endorsed Ronna McDaniel elected unanimously to a third term as RNC chairwoman on Friday, the battle for co-chairman was considered a proxy battle for how much influence Trump would have over the apparatus of the Republican Party after he leaves office Jan. 20. Some Republicans thought Hicks Jr. might lose to one of his three opponents in an effort to ensure the RNC maintained some independence from Trump as the party looked ahead to the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential primary.
But Hicks Jr., from Texas, won a clear majority of the RNC’s 168 voting members, avoiding a runoff. Hicks Jr. garnered 95 votes, compared to 30 for Doyle