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Steele takes lead; within six votes of win

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Michael Steele took the lead after the fifth round of voting in the race for RNC Chairman, overtaking South Carolina Party Chair Katon Dawson, 79-69.

Steele is now within six votes of becoming the first African American to lead the Republican Party, two months after Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States.

Almost immediately after the results were announced, Saul Anuzis, who garnered just 20 votes in the third round, took to the podium and withdrew. He declined to endorse either candidate.

Dawson needs a 16-4 split in the sixth and, likely, final round.