DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump may have more than just his gratitude to offer in Michigan when he visits the state that capped his stunning presidential victory last month. Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel is a leading contender for the Republican National Committee's chairmanship.

There was no immediate sign from Trump's transition team Thursday that the billionaire planned to offer McDaniel the leadership post, as Trump faces immediate pressure to hold Congress in 2018. Rising national star Nick Ayers, a senior aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, also has vocal support from influential GOP figures.

McDaniel represents Republicans in a state that, until last month, was carried by Democrats in six consecutive presidential elections. She is scheduled to speak at a victory rally Trump plans to attend in Grand Rapids Friday

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