Candidates for RNC chair are set to square off

The race for chair of the Republican National Committee has been a sleepy affair in recent years. But that could change at the upcoming winter meeting.

The candidates running for the top spot at the committee will square off in a forum later this month, according to an email on the rules and procedures for the election of RNC officers sent Tuesday morning to members by RNC counsel. That could intensify even further an already-heated race between the current leader of the party, Ronna McDaniel, and Harmeet Dhillon.

The email, which was provided to POLITICO, says that the candidate forums, which will be held for contested races, will take place on the afternoon of Jan. 25 and 26. The election for RNC offices will be held on Jan. 27 at the annual meeting, held this year in Dana Point, Calif. Only RNC members can vote for the chair.

The potential for fireworks may be limited in one sense, however. The candidate forums will be exclusive to RNC members, proxies or

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