After five rounds of voting, the race for the chairmanship came down to a choice between Steele and Katon Dawson, the South Carolina GOP chairman who secured strong support from party insiders after former chairman Mike Duncan dropped out of the race earlier in the day.
Steele emerged as the winner on the sixth ballot, winning with 91 votes. A candidate needed a simple majority of 85 votes from the 168-member committee to secure victory.
plez sez: wow! racial barriers in national politics are falling all over the place.
but the republicans still need to do LOTS MORE to be inclusive, than just picking a figurehead leader of their party... there will need to be more grassroots work, and more inclusiveness of minorities in state and local politics.
Read the CNN.com article about GOP pick of Michael Steele to head their party.
Read the CNN.com article about GOP Chairman Michael Steele.