Incumbent Michael Steele, who saw his support steadily drop, dropped out of race for Republican National Committee Chairman after the fourth round of voting.

He endorsed former Bush administration official Maria Cino.

“At this time I will step aside for others to lead,” he told members. “I think the party is ready for something different.”

Steele also asked members to remember his tenure in a positive light. “Despite the difficulties, we won,” he said, to a standing ovation.

“Barack Obama’s agenda is not good for America. We fired Pelosi. Let’s take the Senate, let’s take the White House. Let’s heal America,” he said. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve and to lead and now I exit stage right.” Members stood again to deliver an ovation as he exited.

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