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First Round of Ballots Cast at RNC Election: Priebus 45, Steele 44, Cino 32, Anuzis 24, Wagner 23

1:46 PM, Jan 14, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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First Round of Ballots Cast at RNC Election: Priebus 45, Steele 44, Cino 32, Anuzis 24, Wagner 23

The 168 RNC members have just cast their ballots in the first round of voting in the RNC election. Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus got 45 votes, Michael Steele 44, GOP operative Maria Cino 32, Michigan committeeman Saul Anuzis 24, and former Missouri chairman Ann Wagner 23. That's pretty much what most observers thought would happen on the first round--but with a stronger showing for Cino than expected. The ballots are secret, and most observers expect balloting to go a number of rounds until one candidate receives a majority. 

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