Ranking and handicapping the potential candidates for Republican National Committee chairman.
1. NAME: Reince Priebus
HOME STATE: Wisconsin
CAREER PATH: Chairman of Republican Party of Wisconsin, 2007-present; general counsel of RNC, 2009-2010; partner, Michael Best & Friedrich
NEED TO KNOW: Current chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, where GOP won big in 2010 midterms; Michael Steele's top backer on the party's national committee during Steele's 2009 campaign for RNC chairman.
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HOTLINE SAYS: The Wisconsin GOP chairman entered the race Monday, a day after quitting his post as Michael Steele's top lawyer. Priebus has good relations with committee members, and Wisconsin's rightward swing on Election Day will only help his case. Still, some RNC members are cognizant he abandoned Steele, the chairman he helped elect in 2009. That factor weighs heavily on Priebus, too.
2. NAME: Saulius (Saul) Anuzis
HOME STATE: Michigan
CAREER PATH: National chairman of Save American Jobs Project, a campaign of Newt Gingrich's American Solutions to fight the Employee Free Choice Act; Executive Committee member of RNC, 2007-present; chairman of Michigan GOP, 2005-2009; founder, Quick Connect USA, 2001; staffer, Jack Kemp for President, 1988; staffer, Michigan House and Senate, 1980-1988; Republican National Committee delegate, 1980
NEED TO KNOW: Anuzis ran against Steele for RNC chair in 2009, coming in third. His strengths: Internet communications (he is an avid tweeter and very active on Facebook) and his blue-collar connections. He's the son of an auto worker and a former union member.