Preibus re-elected as GOP chair despite Mainer’s challenge

CBS News reports that Reince Preibus easily won re-election Friday as chairman of the Republican National Committee despite a challenge mounted by Maine resident Mark Willis of Dennysville.

Preibus will serve another two-year term at the RNC’s helm after attracting nearly unanimous support at the RNC’s winter meeting. CBS reports that Willis didn’t generate the support needed to qualify for the ballot.

Willis, who supported Ron Paul’s presidential bid, attempted to challenge Preibus with some backing from the Republican Party’s libertarian wing. He won the endorsement of the Republican Liberty Caucus National Committee.

At the May 2012 Maine State Republican Convention, Willis was elected to serve as Maine’s Republican national committeeman from Maine. He also was among a slate of Ron Paul delegates who were not seated at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., after the national party’s rules committee found flaws in the way the state convention was conducted.