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Blackwell Woos the Right

When the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza wrote up the race for RNC chairman last week, he broke the contenders up to into three tiers. The top tier consisted of Michigan state party chairman Saul Anuzis, current Republican National Committee head Mike Duncan, and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. The second tier includes former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, South Carolina party chair Katon Dawson, and former Mike Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman. Tina Benkiser of Texas, Jim Greer of the Florida state party, and budget director Jim Nussel bring up the rear.

Since then, Blackwell has announced a flurry of endorsements on the RNC and from outside conservatives. Last week, he received key endorsements from committee members Chuck Yob, Roger Villere, and Gary Jones. He has been endorsed by Steve Forbes. And yesterday, Club for Growth President Pat Toomey also came out for Blackwell. Although not everyone sees ideology as an important criterion for a good RNC chair — Jim Geraghty included that idea as one of the six myths about the RNC race — Blackwell is clearly making a push for the votes of those who want to make sure the next chairman is a conservative.

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