Though Nevada took a turn to the right in the 2010 elections, the state increasingly looks out of reach for Mitt Romney. One reason for his troubles, according to Heidi Smith, a member of the Republican executive board from Washoe County: "The Ron Paul People…"
And Smith says the Ron Paul people are a small but powerful minority and that the rest of the party wasn't prepared for them.
They were able to take over Clark County's Republican organization, that's where Las Vegas is, and then the state party. Washoe County, in the north, is where Reno is and together, the two counties account for about 93 per cent of Nevada's population of 2.7 million people.
How is anyone surprised? Ron Paul was always going to be popular in a state that cares about its precious metals.
And after the way Paul supporters were treated by the establishment GOP, it's little wonder that Paululons would have little enthusiasm for the Republican nominee…
"In this election, basically the Clark County Republican party is meaningless, they aren't doing anything," says Dave Buell, chair of the Washoe Republicans. "That's why this Team Nevada/Romney was put together."
As he sees it, the state party is "sitting on the sidelines" and that includes fundraising efforts as well.
Bet it's difficult to raise funds when all suggested donation amounts are listed in gold dobloons!
Unenthusiastic fundraising on the part of a Paul-controlled state GOP sounds like a perfectly plausible explanation for Mitt Romney losing Nevada if Mitt Romney himself wasn't already a perfect explanation for why Romney is losing Nevada.
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