Michael Steele held the advantage after the third round of voting in the election for the new chairman of the GOP. He initially trailed the current chairman Mike Duncan, but by the third round he had taken the lead.

As reported by Fox News:

Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan dropped his bid for re-election Friday after a third round of voting showed him in second place.

Prior to the fifth round of voting former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell threw his support to Michael Steele.

After the fifth round of voting Michael Steele held an advantage of ten votes (79-69). Eighty-five votes are required to declare a winner.

After six rounds of voting Michael Steele, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland was elected Chairman of the Republican Party with ninety-one votes.