(St. Paul, MN)  —  The chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota is stepping down.  Last night, Jennifer Carnahan announced she has resigned following a vote by the state GOP Executive Board.  That 8-7 vote, decided by Carnahan herself, gives the former chair a three-month severance package worth about 36-thousand dollars.  In a statement, Carnahan said it was the best thing to do given the circumstances.  She has faced calls to resign ever since a donor and close friend of hers was federally charged for child sex trafficking.  Now, delegates are expected to choose a new chair within 45 days.