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Nevada Republican Party To Use Social Media To Report Feb. 4 Caucus Results

By Sean Whaley | 3:04 pm January 27th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nevada state Republican Party officials today announced they expect all the major GOP candidates will visit the state ahead of the Feb. 4 first in the West caucus.

The Nevada GOP is also introducing social media into the process, using the Google and Twitter platforms to report the caucus results beginning about 5 p.m. that day from 16 of the state’s 17 counties.

Final results won’t be known until sometime after 7 p.m. however, because of the Clark County GOP decision to hold one at-large caucus to accommodate religious concerns by some in the Jewish and 7th Day Adventist faiths who cannot participate until after sundown.

Clark County results won’t be complete until that late caucus concludes.

“I’m so excited about Feb. 4,” said Nevada GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian in a telephone conference announcing details of the event. “We are first in the West, which is vital, and as we’re watching everything take off across the country it looks like we may be the tipping point.”

Nevada State Republican Party Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian.

The Republican presidential contest is expected to remain undecided through the Florida primary on Tuesday. Nevada is the next state in the process with its caucus. As many as 60,000 Republicans could participate.

Tarkanian said Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are all expected to campaign in Nevada in coming days. Romney won the caucus in 2008.

“And I am just so thrilled that we have the top four willing and able to come and participate here in our state,” she said.

The caucus events for most participants will occur in each county from between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Clark County is the only county to have the evening at-large caucus.

Jim Anderson with CAP Public Affairs, hired by the Nevada GOP to help win Nevada for Republicans in November, said the use of Twitter and Google is a new wrinkle in presidential politics.

“One of the really cool things that we’re doing with this caucus that I believe has never been done before is utilizing both Twitter and Google to get the results out in what we think is the most efficient way to date,” he said.

The Nevada GOP Titter account, NVGOP, will be used to tweet the results, Anderson said. The Google election results map will be used as well and be available on the state GOP website, he said.

It should be the fastest results coming out of a caucus in history, Anderson said.

“We think we’ve got a tool for this caucus that could be a model tool moving forward for primaries and caucuses for states all around the country,” he said. “We’re extremely excited about launching it in Nevada.”

State GOP officials said they do not believe holding the late at-large caucus in Clark County will hamper or skew the reporting of the results. The results will be checked to make sure no one voted twice.


Audio clips:

State GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian says all four major GOP contenders will be in Nevada for the caucus:

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Tarkanian says she is thrilled that the four candidates will be participating:

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Jim Anderson with CAP Public Affairs says the Nevada GOP will be using Twitter and Google to get the results out:

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Anderson says the results will be released more quickly than ever before:

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New State GOP Chair Echoes NRC, Says She Will Be “Full Time” and “Hands On”

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:49 pm July 7th, 2011

Newly elected Nevada Republican Party Chairman Amy Tarkanian today held a conference call with the press in which she reiterated National Republican Committee talking points on the economy and laid out the state party’s strategy to sway Silver State voters away from President Obama and toward the GOP nominee in 2012.

Amy Tarkanian, Nevada Republican Party Chairman

Tarkanian said Nevada has lost 83,500 jobs in the last three years despite the federal stimulus and other “failed policies.” She also pointed to the 12.1% statewide unemployment rate, concluding that Obama has taken too many “left turns” and that he “will lose because of it.”

When asked about the party’s preparation for Nevada’s February 18 presidential caucuses — as things stand now, we will be third in the nation to hold our primary —  Tarkanian said the party is in “transition” and that she is meeting with “national groups” but admitted, “I don’t have specifics.”

When asked whether she will adopt some of the successful technology strategies and voter ID tools that state Democrats enlisted in 2010 and 2008 — such as using handheld internet-ready devices to canvass neighborhoods and log voter data — Tarkanian said the party will use both traditional and new media in “stepping up” efforts but could not speak to specific procurement and use of tools.

Tarkanian said she will be focused on fundraising, which according to her will be a “coordinated effort” between the party, Governor Sandoval, Senator Heller and Congressman Heck. She also said she is already working on candidate recruitment and voter registration.

When asked about the state party’s effort to reach out to minorities, Tarkanian listed several recent committee appointments to positions she says will aid in those efforts.

Among them was the appointment of Julie Hereford, an active member of the Clark County Republican party and member of the Asian community, to the Nominating and Candidate Recruitment Board (which is a standing committee made up of the state’s RNC members plus party members from the counties).

Brenda Flank, a black conservative member of Active Republican Women of Las Vegas and president of the newly formed non-profit group Conservative Alliance for Community Growth, has also been appointed, among others.

The conference call signals Tarkanian’s intent to be active and visible, unlike her often off-the-radar predecessor Mark Amodei who is now the Republican candidate for Dean Heller’s vacated congressional seat.

Thus far, several presidential candidates including Mitt Romney and John Huntsman have been to Nevada for campaign stops. However, it remains to be seen how often any of the candidates choose visit and how much they decide to spend on radio and television ads in their effort to win caucus votes in February.


Former Governor Bob List Says Governor Sandoval Should Decide Next State GOP Chairman

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:49 pm March 10th, 2011

Former Nevada Governor and RNC Committeeman Bob List said late this afternoon that he is not ready to either privately or publicly endorse a candidate to replace soon-to-be departed state GOP chairman Mark Amodei until Governor Sandoval chimes in with his preferred choice.

“Governor Sandoval is the leader of the state party,” said List. “I will wait to hear who he thinks can best fill Chairman Amodei’s shoes before saying anything more on this matter.”

List said he sees no reason why an election for chairman cannot happen at the next Nevada Republican Central Committee Meeting scheduled on April 1-2 in Carson City, though GOP operatives around the state were today saying a special election may be necessary if things cannot be organized in time.

Las Vegas businessman and former state senate candidate Patrick McNaught and Amy Tarkanian, wife of former U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian, were two names being bandied about in GOP circles today as possible contenders for the chairmanship. Others will no doubt surface in the days to come.