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  Republicans' Fortunes Falling in Nevada
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Last EditedArmyDem  Aug 14, 2008 08:50am
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateThursday, August 14, 2008 02:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGovernor's Scandals Top A List of Woes

By Steve Friess
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, August 14, 2008; Page A03

LAS VEGAS -- The scandal-plagued Republican governor is so politically toxic that few of his party's prominent candidates will be seen with him. The GOP's most powerful state senator survived a tough primary after 36 years of never even facing a credible opponent. And the party may quickly be losing its grip on a state that could be critical to the outcome of the presidential election.

If Republicans are hurting nationally this election year, there may be few places where the pain is quite as acute, or has arrived as quickly, as Nevada, where a confluence of problems has left a once-potent state party in tatters. Just two years ago, Republicans occupied all six statewide constitutional offices. Today, they hold only the posts of governor and lieutenant governor.

Democrats now enjoy a 60,000-voter registration edge in a state where the parties were virtually tied a year ago. The state GOP raised less than one-third of the $1.3 million the Nevada Democratic Party's central committee took in during the first half of 2008. And the Republicans who hold two of the state's three U.S. House seats are in danger of losing them.
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