As expected, the Republican Governors Association voted to give Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell a full term as the group's chairman Wednesday heading into the high-stakes 2012 elections.

McDonnell took over the RGA in August after Texas Gov. Rick Perry vacated the position to run for president. At the time, McDonnell was serving as the group's vice chairman.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who became vice chairman when McDonnell was elevated, had his term extended into 2012 as well.

“Thanks to the support of all 29 Republican governors, the RGA laid a strong foundation to expand our majority in 2012,” McDonnell said. “In 2011, the RGA won historic victories in Louisiana and Mississippi, and we are raising record sums. Next year, Democrats must defend eight of 11 states scheduled to hold governors’ races, and the RGA is in position to make a major impact in battleground states as well as in states that will be holding both a governor’s and U.S. Senate race.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker make up the rest of the executive committee. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will serve as policy chairman.

The RGA is meeting this week in Orlando.