Preston on Politics: Steele eyes second term as RNC chair

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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is taking steps to run for another two-year term and outlined his plan in a conference call last week to a handful of state GOP officials, three Republicans familiar with call tell CNN.

Steele, who wraps up a 48 state bus tour this week, already has picked two current RNC staffers to help run his re-election campaign and the chairman told people on the call that the reception he has received during the bus tour is tremendous, according to one of the Republicans. The Republicans spoke about the call only on the condition of anonymity.

Steele, who was elected chairman in January 2009, has had a rocky tenure as head of the national party. Republicans scored some major wins over the past 22 months such as taking back control of governorships in New Jersey and Virginia and winning the special election to fill the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat. And the GOP is expected to score some big wins on Nov. 2.

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