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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will decide his future after 2014 elections

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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus could be an influential figure in the 2016 Republican primary, but he hasn't decided if he'll wield that influence from his current post or join a presidential campaign.

"Honestly, I don't know yet," Priebus told the Washington Examiner. "I mean, I've thought about that question, but I really just want to make sure that we can win the U.S. Senate and keep our governors in place and deal with that first."

Priebus made the comment at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, a day after touting the personal appeal that Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., might hold for voters in a discussion of the RNC's efforts to make the party more effective in national elections. His comments fueled speculation that the Wisconsin native may leave the RNC to join Walker's campaign if he runs.

But Priebus refused Saturday to choose between Walker and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

"The three of us are very close friends," he said. "My own view is, I see one or the other [running], I don't see both."

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