The RNC Chairman Race: Steele Drops Out, Endorses Cino

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Jan. 14 2011 3:54 PM

The RNC Chairman Race: Steele Drops Out, Endorses Cino

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."

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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.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.