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Hupfer loses RNC co-chair bid

By: - January 27, 2023 6:25 pm

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer (Photo from Taft law firm)

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer lost his bid for Republican National Committee co-chair Friday in a third-round vote.

Drew McKissick of South Carolina received 90 votes compared to Hupfer’s 76.

On the first two ballots, Hupfer received 52 votes. A third candidate, Mike Whatley of North Carolina, withdrew his name after the second round — leading to McKissick’s win.

Earlier in the day at the Republican winter meetings, Ronna McDaniel was easily re-elected chairwoman. It will be her fourth two-year term.

Hupfer has been Indiana Republican Party Chairman since 2017. Under his leadership, the GOP controls every statewide office; has supermajorities in the House and Senate; has nine of 11 federal seats and more than 80% of all county offices.

He has served as general counsel for the RNC since February 2021.

“I just think that we are at a unique crossroads for the party. 2024 is going to be a critical election,” he told the Indiana Capital Chronicle in December. “I served … as an officer for the RNC. I am familiar with how it works and a broad swath of the party. I think I can help out.”


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Niki Kelly
Niki Kelly

Niki has covered the Indiana Statehouse since 1999 – including five governors. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and Hoosier State Press Association for stories on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, criminal justice issues and more. She also is a regular on Indiana Week in Review, a weekly public television rundown of news. She shifts her career to helm a staff of three and ensure Hoosiers know what’s really happening on the state level.