NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - Michael Steele dropped out of the race to run the RNC after a series of closed door meetings with every candidate except, as far as I could tell, Reince Priebus.
"It's time for me to step aside, and give others the chance to lead," said Steele. "Despite the noise -- and Lord knows, there was a lot of noise -- we won."
Steele released his supporters -- 28 in the last ballot -- and asked them to "stand with me in supporting Maria Cino."
"And now, said Steele, I exit stage right."
He exited stage left. (That's where his supporters where.)
If every Steele supporter goes to Cino, she'll have 57 votes in the fifth round; Priebus ended the fourth round with 58 votes.