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  Forbes takes a side in RNC race
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Last EditedCraverguy  Dec 09, 2008 09:59pm
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News DateTuesday, December 9, 2008 09:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) – Former presidential candidate Steve Forbes announced Tuesday he would serve as honorary chair of Ken Blackwell’s campaign to be the next Republican National Committee chairman, describing the former Ohio secretary of state as a “reliable conservative ... who can broaden the appeal of the Republican Party.”

Forbes, who sought the GOP nomination in 1996 and 2000, declared his support in an afternoon email to RNC members.

“Ken brings a winning political record to the table, having been victorious 13 of the 17 times that his name has been listed on a primary or general election ballot,” Forbes wrote in the email. “The significance of his three successful statewide elections in Ohio as a Republican should not be understated.”

Forbes is the editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine.

Blackwell jumped into the race for RNC chair late last week, joining a crowded field of contenders interested in leading the national committee. RNC members are scheduled to convene in late January to vote for their next chair.

See the full text of Forbes' email after the jump.
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