Nevada caucus calamity worries GOP

by ELENA SCHNEIDER  |  published on February 22, 2016

Nevada Republican party staffers have been hosting caucus training sessions for months. Republican campaign volunteers have been knocking on doors and calling voters since last summer. The candidates themselves have been collecting endorsements and holding events across the state since last spring.

Yet on the eve of Tuesday evening’s GOP caucus, no one has a firm sense of who’s winning here. And worse, there’s an undercurrent of nervousness about the prospect of a caucus calamity.

“It’s true, the smartest people just don’t know what’s going to happen here,” said Pete Ernaut, a Republican consultant who is unaffiliated with a presidential campaign. “Our greatest strength is our greatest weakness. Nevada loves to be independent, but that can also get in the way of being organized and coalesced around an important event, so it doesn’t surprise me at all.”

Republican campaigns and state operatives point to a number of factors creating the cloud of confusion: a cash-poor state party in disarray, a public unaccustomed to the caucus process and a state that’s notoriously difficult to poll. Nevada doesn’t have a lot of experience running caucuses – the state picked up its first-in-the-West status in 2008, but it has yet to run smoothly and some campaigns are bracing for possible chaos again.

  • Nancy E

    Too many people have been watchin too many conspiracy tv shows.

    • Irene Elizabeth Grooms

      You must be a sleep cause it is conspiracy going on in our government.

  • Rodger K. Shull

    It is rigged, bought an paid for, by the likes of ried an clinton, neither one is honest, they are worth a crap being honest, so they went criminal an got to be a burden on the USA TAX PAYERS for their incompetent decisions, they base their decisions on HOW MUCH WILL THEY IN MAKE IN DOLLARS of SKIM MONEY , an BRIBES, an make it look like they did us a FAVOR, want to do the USA TAX PAYERS a FAVOR, DROP DEAD , you will not be missed .

  • Cookie Vranish

    With Harry Reid around, you can hardly expect any honesty. There will be more dead people involved than died in Nevada.

  • Ray Calloway II

    Instead of always trying to predict and control the outcomes of the caucus, why don’t we just go in, let the people decide and vote, determine who won and then report it…what a thought!! Oh wait, then the pundits and the media wouldn’t have anything to do and couldn’t create all the chaos and turmoil that they do in front of our elections…!! Ya gotta love America and if you don’t, GET THE HELL OUT!! LET’S MAKE AMERICA SAFE AND GREAT AGAIN!!

    • rebapiper

      the illegals and immigrants just about own Nevada. the illegals and Homeless will control the election.that’s a fact, thats why Reid is in office. they get paid well, from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars they make and than told to get out of town. Trump and Cruz may have a hard time. Rubio has been in Nevada long before this talking to them in Spanish, Rubio assured them of their fast Track to Citizenship.but that;s not what he is saying in English. Rubio was caught telling the illegal and immigrants his plans for Death to American Workers. Rubio supported the illegal and immigrants coming here plus he has even asked for more immigrants to come in. Rubio
      Says American workers can’t cut it, want to replace American workers with illegals. Gowdy also support this and Ryan, Romney, The ENLIST ACT, is the fast track to citizenship. obama already has enough illegals and immigrants plus the muslims to start a private army, all Rubio has to is take over, This election may be rigged, the debates are rigged, the polls are rigged, Rubio poll numbers are not American votes.

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