RNC: Steele Bounces On First, Second Ballots
Results from the second round of balloting:
Chairman Mike Duncan -- 48
Michael Steele -- 48 (the crowd seems to be pro-Steele; he had more seconding speeches than anyone else.)
Katon Dawson -- 29
Saul Anuzis -- 24
Ken Blackwell -- 19
Here's my handicapping on the results of the first ballot:Chairman Mike Duncan -- 52 -- lower than expected
Michael Steele: 46 -- about 5-6 votes higher than expected.
Katon Dawson: 28: -- he'll get some Blackwell votes in the second round.
Saul Anuzis: 22: -- a tough finish for the Midwesterner.
Ken Blackwell: 20 -- this is his ceiling.
To watch: whether the RNC members interpret Duncan's showing as evidence that he's going to win.