Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus formally launched his re-election campaign Thursday in a letter and YouTube video sent to the 168-member committee. …

“I am formally announcing my campaign for a second term as RNC Chairman today. As I mentioned to you be email just before Thanksgiving, I appreciate the strong support by so many of the RNC members. I am humbled to have over 150 members pledge their public endorsement to me for a second term.

This is not a decision I made lightly, but we have unfinished business and our country and Party need our leadership over these next two years. We were able to accomplish a great deal these past two years, and I have not forgotten just how much work we had to do when I was first elected. Over those two years we lifted the RNC out of the over $24 million of debt, we restored donor confidence and fielded one of the strongest Republican ground games in the history of our Party.”