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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