VIDEO: Michael Steele wins Republican chair vote

video michael steele wins republican chair

Michael Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, was elected Republican National Committee chairman on Friday.

“We’re going to say to friend and foe alike: We want you to be a part of us, we want you to with be with us, and for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over,” Steele said.

Steele, the first African American to hold the post, defeated South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson, 91-77, in the sixth round of voting among the RNC‘s 168 members. Only 86 votes were needed.

He will now lead the effort to rebuild confidence, raise funds and develop a plan to win back majorities in the House and Senate and to retake the White House.

Watch Michael Steeleā€™s acceptance speech in full here: