Proving that no target is too small for a Trump scorned, the president-elect helped oust the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party who had opposed his election and install an ally in a state where Republican officials were deeply split over Mr. Trump’s candidacy.
One day after Mr. Trump took the extraordinary step of calling Ohio Republicans in an effort to defeat the sitting chairman, Matt Borges, a divided state party on Friday replaced him with Jane Timken, a Trump supporter and donor.
The fight effectively became a proxy battle between Mr. Trump and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, who never endorsed Mr. Trump and supported Mr. Borges. The 66 voting members of the state Republican Party were almost evenly split between the candidates after two rounds of balloting. Then they decided to avert a third ballot by naming Ms. Timken chairwoman and creating a new post for Mr. Borges, “chairman emeritus.”
It was nonetheless a clear victory for Mr. Trump, who was able to overcome Mr. Kasich’s determined lobbying of a group of activists in his own state, some of whom were hand-picked by the popular governor.