Michael Steele Graciously Steps Aside Moments Before Losing Election

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RNC chairman Michael Steele removed himself from the race for his job today after steadily losing ground to his opponents in each round of balloting. "I will step aside," he said before the fifth ballot began, "because I think the party is ready for something different [and not because I am obviously going to lose]." [Fix/WP]