The Michael Steele era at the RNC is officially over.
Steele called it quits after four rounds of voting in which his support steadily dwindled, throwing his support behind Maria Cino.
After four rounds of voting, Cino had 29 votes and Steele had 28. Their combined vote would be 57, just one shy of leader Reince Priebus, who ended the second round at 58. It should be said that a Steele endorsement doesn’t neccessarily mean all of his supporters will go to Cino.
Ann Wagner, who had shown some momentum heading into the fourth round, actually lost some support, and ended up with 28. Saul Anuzis’s support crept back up to 24.
“It’s very clear the party wants to do something different,” a shaken Steele said. “This is tough, because it is what it is… At this time I will step aside so others may lead.”
Steele recapped his legacy and the GOP victories in the 2010 elections, before saying, “And now, I exit stage right.”
He left to a standing ovation.