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Candidates Boycotting Nevada Could Hurt Potential Pick Up

Candidates Boycotting Nevada Could Hurt Potential Pick Up

For the Republican Party, who will be cautiously weighing its strengths and weaknesses in each and every state in the country when it comes to trying to win back the White House this cycle, Nevada is offering some good news.  Plummeting housing prices, rampant unemployment at over 13 percent, and a host of other economic woes has turned a state that rallied for President Barack Obama back in 2008 firmly against the incumbent, who they feel hasn’t come through on his promises.

With a debate being held tomorrow night in the state, Republicans are getting the chance to get their ground game running already, hoping to convert the state back to red as it voted in 2000 and 2004.

But could the potential GOP presidential boycott thwart the party’s effort to convert voters?

So far, only former Governor Jon Huntsman is skipping the actual October 18th debate, but a vast number of the nomination contenders have urged the state to move its January 14th caucuses back a few days to allow New Hampshire to hold their event on the 10th.   Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Senator Rick Santorum, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and businessman Herman Cain have all joined Huntsman in pledging not to campaign in the state if they do not rearrange their caucus date.

Other than possibly Cain, the odds that any of these candidates would be the eventual party nominee are fairly slim.  Still the looming memory of being brushed aside from a large part of the GOP slate in favor of another state won’t rest easy on the voters in Nevada.  Could the boycott threat actually throw away the advantage that the Republicans are gaining in the mountain state because of their disappointment with the current administration?

And if so, can the GOP find a way to reign in its candidates and make nice with the voters of the state before its too late?

 

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6:58AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:21PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

@Robin M.: That last sentence should be: "And if so, can the GOP find a way to REIN in its candidates . . . ." Peace. Eldon W.

4:56PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Jeffrey W. hopefully they are not that suicidal!

4:14PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Las Vegas is making it on Asian gamblers.

11:19AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

lots of states trying now to jump the gun this year. seems like a good time to revive the idea of a national primary held around mid-year. that would give the winning candidates sufficient time to make their case before November.

6:46AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

This might be a case of "Any little thing helps'. Though if they are really determined to revert to being Republicans, then it won't help enough.

5:43AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Just WRITE IN Don Baumgartner for POTUS, OR Vote Obama & support Democrats, Your CHOICE!!

9:27PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Robin is dreaming again. No way Nevada doesn't go Republican next year.

3:43PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

thanks.

1:16PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

No suprise here.

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