Steele to Republicans: 'Get Ready Baby!'

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Newly-elected Republican National Committee chairman, Michael Steele, told those against the GOP to "get ready to get knocked over" as the party goes full speed ahead in a new direction.

After six rounds of voting, Friday, the former Mayland lieutenant governor was named the first black RNC chairman.

"It's time for something completely different and we're going to bring it to them," Steele said in his acceptance speech. "We're going to bring this party to every corner, every board room, ever neighborhood, every community and we're going to say to friend and foe alike we want you to be a part of us."

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Steele said it felt "awesome" to be elected the next leader of such a "strong and proud" party.

He won the position over South Carolina Chairman Katon Dawson with 91 of 168 votes. Only 85 votes were needed to take the title.

Current Chairman Mike Duncan stepped down from his re-election bid, early Friday afternoon, as more votes turned to Steele.

"Obviously the winds of change are blowing at the RNC," Duncan said to a standing ovation as he withdrew from the race.

Michigan Chairman Saul Anuzis and former Ohio secretary of State Ken Blackwell also withdrew as the day of voting went on.

"I believe that the next chairman must inspire hope," Blackwell said, throwing his "fullest support" behind Steele.

Steele told his party members to "get ready baby," as he plans to bring the party back to the forefront in the northeast and tighten its stronghold in the south.

"We're going to win with a new storm in the midwest and when we get to the west we're going to lock it down there too," he added.

Steele, however, warned that he could not make the changes alone and called on every chairperson to empower themselves and help lead the party.

Steele served as Maryland's lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2007.  He was the first African American elected to state-wide office in the state.

In the past, he has said he is against the Federal Marriage Amendment, but would support it as RNC chairman. Despite his involvement with the pro-choice Republican Leadership Council, Steele has also said he is committed to the pro-life agenda.

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