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Republicans Re-Elect McDonald as Party Chairman

Nevada’s Republican Central Committee Meets In Northern Nevada.

By Don Dike-Anukam

On Saturday, September 7th, the Nevada Republican Party Central Committee gathered in Winnemucca to elect a leadership team to lead the party in 2020. Three candidates, Michael McDonald of Las Vegas, Mesquite City Councilwoman Annie Black, and former 4th District Congressional candidate David McKeon all vied for party chair.

Nevada Republicans voted to give Michael McDonald unprecedented fourth consecutive term for by a margin of 103 votes. Michael J. McDonald received 205 votes. Annie Black got 102 votes while David McKeon received 54 votes. McDonald’s has been chairman of the Nevada Republican since 2012.

The party reelected the entire slate of current state Leadership team along with McDonald.  State GOP Vice-Chairman Jim DeGraffenreid III  won with 211 votes Former Nevada Regent and Controller Ron Knecht got 78 votes.  Incumbent Party Secretary Barb Hawn received 195 votes while Diane Baranowski received 161. Treasurer Michael Bertrand ran unopposed.

State Republicans hope Nevada will maintain its place as a battleground state leading up to the November 2020 general election. Many Nevada political observers note that the Nevada Republicans are outspent and outorganized by the Democratic National Committee. Democratic-leaning interest groups and better Democratic Party/Candidate coordination in the previous two cycles have lead to their strong showing.

One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish.

Democrats control of both the State Assembly and Senate and three of the four congressional seats. Democrats also hold both US Senate seats and five out of six State Constitutional offices. Republicans are scrambling to recover after seeing their influence across northern Nevada being eroded by Las Vegas and surrounding areas. Republicans hope President Trump and the Republican National Committee to help with both political and financial support in the coming months. With this help, they anticipate the 2020 election can turn the tide in this key election before the census in 2021.

While Republicans look forward to 2020, they are still stinging from the 2018 election. Spirited discussions centered around how to better position the Nevada Republican Party for 2020. Incumbent Michael McDonald leveraged his strengths and ties to the President. Nevada Republicans expect President Trump to help their political and financial efforts to repaint the state red in the 2020 election.

Other business of note, Nevada Republicans also voted to forgo a caucus in February 2020. The body will nominate or can choose to nominate a nominee at a later unannounced date. Skipping the caucus process will save the state party perhaps $150,000 in 2020 according to sources. However binding of delegates to the convention will take place at a later date.


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  1. Sam Toll, 9/8/19
    Once again proving he is a real reporter, reporting for a real NEWSPAPER.
    All honest citizens anxiously wait for the only honest Supreme Court decision possible in the bogus attack against you by the whore house owner.

    Sam DNA Dehne

  2. I don’t understand why Republicans would re-elect their party chair. The Republican Party in Nevada is in shambles. We have watched our state go from red to blue. Republicans need new leadership. The status quo will see Republicans lose more elections.

    • Stephen,

      Given the overwhelming failures of the Republicans under McDonald’s watch, it is amazing to me how strongly the Nevada delegation supports this guy. From the largest tax increase in Nevada history foisted upon us by a Republican Governor and Legislature to the abatement giveaways in Clark and Storey Counties to the fanny whipping they got in 2018, this guy’s legacy will be more of the same.

      Get ready for the blue wave to crash down upon the red counties forcing them to look to the State of Jefferson for inspiration.

  3. Sam, I usually respect your judgement, but not this time. In case you didn’t know, Nevada has been overrun by a HUGE influx of Californians who are registered DEMOCRATS! How is McDonald supposed to change that? I listened to the state democrat candidates this last go-round. They ran on tax & spend. ONLY a DEMOCRAT would vote for that BS & they did! They move here & want it to be just like California. You, Bloyd & Dehne give us the secret formula to turning these progressives into conservatives. We’re waiting…….where is it? McDonald proved there was voter fraud. You hear of any prosecutions?…crickets….McDonald doesn’t control the AG. Did you look at McDonald’s opponents? The jerk from LV got the fewest votes because he BANKRUPTED Clark County GOP. The woman who ran is someone 99.9% of the the Central Cmte members couldn’t even identify in a line-up before she threw her hat in the ring. So, you don’t know why the SCC re-elected McDonald? They would have been FOOLS if they didn’t! Before McDonald, Nevada GOP had a rapid succession of Chairs after “Lights Out Lowdown” (she stole the 2008 convention from the Ron Paul delegates who were winning the votes to be national delegates, shut down the convention & then months later “anointed” delegates, read: good friends). There wasn’t a chair who stayed more than a year before resigning, until McDonald came along. McDonald’s job is to run/manage the party. It would be nice if he could elect candidates with a wave that would sweep thousands of liberals back to California. It would be nice if he handpicked candidates & kept the RINO’s from running. He can’t do that, either. Laxalt & Heller were “Never Trumpers,” Didn’t work too good for them, did it? Also, Laxalt hitched up with “tax & spend” Roberson, loathed by the state GOP & one of his managers was that jerk from LV who just lost his bid to be Chair. I must say though, that if you think McDonald has God-like powers, he must be doing something right! I also got to say to all the libertarians out there – QUIT YOUR BITCHIN’! If you don’t want democrats to win, then get on the wagon & help finance, and elect good Republicans. You’re dreaming if you think a libertarian is ever going to be a governor, US Senator, or US Congressman in this state!

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