Some observations on the election of Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus to be RNC Chairman Friday:
No big surprises. Priebus went into the balloting as the favorite, consistently gained votes in each round, and then won on the seventh and final ballot. The only real surprise is that it took him as long as it did to put the race away. But because none of his competitors started off with an embarrassingly low number of votes, there was little incentive for them to drop out in the early rounds, even if, as in the case of incumbent chairman Michael Steele, the odds of winning were extremely low. Steele appeared to need a demonstration of his low odds in the balloting, dropping out only after the fourth round and losing support along the way.
A graphic compiled Charles Franklin of Polls and Votes showed Priebus picking up steady support and then surging once Steele and political professional Ann Wagner dropped out of the race.
Guam didn't matter. After all the hubbub about Steele's visit to Guam and support for and from the Pacific Rim, it wasn't enough to get him anywhere he needed to be. America's day may begin on Guam, but the sun set on Steele in a generic-looking ballroom in his home state of Maryland.