GOP chair: Party will take deep data dive into 2018 losses

Ronna McDaniel

Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, speaks during the 6th Annual Women Rule Summit in Washington. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said on Tuesday that the party would do a “deep data dive” into GOP losses in the House during this year’s midterm elections.

Speaking during POLITICO’s Women Rule Summit, McDaniel said the party needs to look into why many white suburban woman voters — a traditionally solidly Republican base — switched to Democratic candidates during the midterms.

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“Of course, we have to look at why we’re losing with women,” McDaniel said. “I’m a woman. I want to know that, too. I don’t think we’re a monolithic group. I don’t like that.”

McDaniel didn’t specify a timeline for the party soul-searching effort or if the results would be made public. But she did say the results would be shared with GOP leaders and candidates to consolidate the party’s resources.

Still, McDaniel pointed out that Republicans did not suffer a total loss this year. The party gained two seats in the Senate, in stark contrast to the average of losing four seats during the first midterms for a sitting president’s party. McDaniel also said the party has maintained its popularity among rural women voters, whose voices McDaniel said are often overlooked.

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