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Willis' campaign is, by all accounts, a long shot.
RNC chairmen have typically held high-profile positions either in elective office -- such as governor or lieutenant governor -- or in party politics.
A former counterintelligence agent in the military, Willis holds a law degree and works as an applications security manager from his family's 20-acre farm in Dennysville.
His political involvement was largely at the local level before his election as a Maine representative to the national committee by fellow Paul supporters at the state Republican convention.
The Republican wing that embraced Paul's campaign is well-organized -- they control leadership positions in Maine, Nevada, Iowa and a number of other states.
Yet their numbers on the national committee are small compared to "establishment" Republicans.
To be elected RNC chairman requires 85 of the 168 national committee members, and Priebus has said he has already secured commitments from 150.
Willis acknowledges the long odds he faces, even if he secures an endorsement from a third state delegation. But the write-in issue appears to have stoked his frustrations even more.
"I have a chairmanship to win and I plan to push forward," Willis said. "These questions have been addressed head-on and they owe me an apology because they got it wrong."
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