GOP eyes on Nevada caucus

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The Republican National Committee will be scrutinizing Tuesday night’s caucus to see how smoothly it goes. This comes after the caucus in 2012 was plagued with problems.

A GOP spokesperson wouldn’t confirm or deny if Nevada was in jeopardy of losing it’s “first in the West” status if there problems with this year’s caucus.

Most people are hoping everything goes off without a hitch.

“We need to make sure, we all engage in our civil duty to represent,” said Jimmy Jacob, a voter. “Nevada, especially southern Nevada is a diverse place with a lot of people and a caucus is a chance to get those view points heard,” Jacob said.

8 News NOW political reporter Steve Sebelius says if we don’t do this right tonight, it could jeopardize the state’s early caucus date in the future, especially after the mess at the last Nevada Republican caucus.

“In 2012, there was a disaster. It took roughly 36 hours to count 33,000 ballots and if something like that is to happen again, Nevada wouldn’t really set itself apart at least from the Republican party early-state-status.” 

Dr. Dan Lee, a political professor at UNLV agrees and says to lose our early caucus spot would shift a lot of political attention away from Nevada.

And it’s not just political attention on the table if the RNC moves back the caucus date, it’s money.

“I don’t think the economic impact is out there yet, but I can tell you, you have seen a lot of news coverage, a lot of people on the Strip talking about the issues on the West about the Nevada caucus. You have seen a lot of rallies taking place around our state, which is money back into our economy,” said Cara Clarke, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“In the long run, I think that is a negative for Nevada and I think we have done well moving forward. There has been more focus on the caucus, on the Nevada caucus and we see it has moved over to the general election, where we have the last presidential debate being here at UNLV,” said Dr. Lee.

Also if Nevada lost the early caucus date, there would likely be a smaller field of presidential candidates.

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