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LAS VEGAS – The biggest loser in Nevada’s Republican caucuses? The state’s feckless GOP.
Unable to control how its county parties count and report results, state Republicans were scrambling Sunday to explain why, almost 24 hours after most caucuses ended, the votes still have not been counted.
Here in Clark County, home to two-thirds of the state’s population, officials counted ballots, by hand, until 4 a.m. before calling it a night. Counting resumed again at 9 a.m. By 11 a.m. local time Sunday, only half of the county’s ballots had been counted.
“About midway through the night I said, ‘This is ludicrous,’” state GOP Chairman Amy Tarkanian said Sunday morning. “So I sent my state party people down there, including my husband, and said, ‘Go help them count, this is crazy.’”
Tarkanian, whose husband is Danny Tarkanian, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP Senate nomination in 2010 and who is seeking the nomination in a new congressional seat, said state and county officials are seeking to avoid a situation like what happened in Iowa, where two weeks after voting ended the state party announced that it was Rick Santorum, not Mitt Romney, who won the state.
With second place still undecided between Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — a consequential matter since delegates are awarded proportionally here — Tarkanian said she wants to avoid looking bad, as did her Iowa counterparts when they finally announced new results long after their contest ended.
But it may already be too late for that — unlike Iowa, Nevada hasn’t even reported nearly complete results yet.
Chuck Muth, a former Nevada GOP executive director, wrote on his blog that the night was the “Nevada GOP’s national embarrassment.”
“You can say this about Nevada Republicans: they are consistent,” Muth wrote. “They never blow an opportunity to blow an opportunity. And hoo-ahhh … did they ever blow this one!”
Clark County GOP Chairman Dave Gibbs did not return messages left on his cell phone Sunday morning.
By all accounts, the night was a foreseeable disaster, months in the making.
By Conor Shine
A special evening caucus organized for religious voters who observe a Saturday Sabbath was swarmed with Ron Paul voters, causing long lines, angry confrontations and cries of voter disenfranchisement.
Paul, a 12-term Texas congressman, won the precinct, but with the outcome statewide already decided before the caucus began the bigger impact was the continued controversy surrounding the special caucus.
Long lines stretched out of the main building and around the corner at the caucus site, the Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin. The caucus began about 40 minutes later than scheduled and a second overflow room was opened to handle all of the voters.
Some attributed the large turnout to a series of robo-calls that went out to Ron Paul supporters, notifying them of the evening caucus and billing it as a second chance to participate for voters who missed the morning session, according to several voters who received the calls.
The decision to hold the evening caucus was unprecedented, generating concerns about the potential for voter fraud and questions about the influence of Sheldon Adelson, who founded the private school where the caucus was held and is an ardent supporter of Newt Gingrich.
Adelson and his wife Miriam, who have together contributed $10 million to a super PAC supporting Gingrich, were both in attendance at the caucus.
The Clark County Republican Party viewed the caucus as a special exemption made only for voters who missed the morning caucuses for religious reasons. To that end, the party made every voter who wanted to participate sign a “declaration” stating that they were unable to vote in the morning because of religious reasons.
“I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Nevada that the foregoing is true and correct,” the declaration read.
Those who refused to sign the form were not allowed to caucus, angering some voters.
Michael Dicicco, 23 and a Paul supporter, said he was unable to attend the morning caucus because he was working and came out to the Adelson school after receiving a call from the Paul campaign.
“I thought this was a second opportunity to vote,” said Dicicco, who was turned away after refusing to sign the declaration. “I don’t understand why I wouldn’t be able to vote if I’m not Jewish.”
Ron Paul Supporters Speak Out At Adelson Caucus In Nevada 02/04/12
By Robert Wanek
Caucuses are a hotbed for corruption. Votes can be changed, tossed, or miscounted at almost any time in some caucus settings. Transparency has been eliminated in the process as some counties wisp their results away to a secret location to tally the vote totals. Over 900 ‘dead people’ cast their votes in South Carolina and Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn recently stepped down amidst vote controversy. News coverage surrounding the Paul campaign has highlighted his failure to place first in 4 early contests, but online forums and organizations have been labeling voter fraud a potential culprit. The media is not reporting on Congressman Paul’s record breaking event crowds of over 3,000 in St. Cloud, 1,500 in Colorado, and other audiences trending the same numbers throughout the campaign. The Paul team is a well-oiled grassroots machine and has always been expected to perform exceptionally well, and even win in the caucus states.
With that being said Ron Paul led 4 out 5 Iowa Caucus polls in the days before the event but eventually fell to third place. Paul led FOX, CNN, and MSNBC entrance polls and with 27% of the precincts reporting he was leading the field. Slowly as the tallies updated Paul fell to second behind mitt Romney and then suddenly to third behind Santorum by a few thousand votes. Ron Paul drew in crowds of over 1,300 while Santorum spoke to as few as 75 people at some Iowa rallies. In Nevada the entrance polls showed Congressman Paul edging out the Speaker and hovering around the 20% range, tying Newt at 17% among somewhat conservative voters. Beating Gingrich 35% to 11% among Moderately Liberal voters and trailing him 23% to 16% among tea party supporters.
After the first round of votes was reported by CNN Paul and Gingrich were virtually tied at 800 with Paul leading 19% to 18%. A few updates later and Gingrich experiences a surge to 23% while Ron drops one point. With 48% of the precincts reporting at 4:50 a.m. Central Time the vote totals have not changed for nine hours, Newt topples Ron 26% to 19%. There’s one problem that has emerged, Clark County has not released it’s votes. An important largely populous county home to Las Vegas is not reporting? With 94% of the votes unreleased Romney bests Paul for first with 55% to 29% or 400 votes to 157. Keep in mind with less than a majority of the state reporting the headlines are being bannered across every major newspaper and television program reading ‘Romney Wins Nevada.’
Paul supporters attended a special religious caucus at a Jewish Private School in Clark County, a school named after Casino big-wig and Gingrich supporter Sheldon Adelson. Reports by the Los Angeles Times indicate that 17 speakers stumped for Paul at the caucus and less than five spoke for the remaining candidates. Paul’s support was labeled ‘Dominant’ and led to a ‘Crushing’ victory garnering 183 votes to Romney’s 61. Gingrich and Santorum combined for 73 votes. Despite this reported vote total Paul remains stalled at 157 votes according every source of results.
The delay in the vote count/release process is very suspicious and voter fraud may indeed be relevant in Clark County. If Ron Paul turned out similar crowds to other caucus sites and challenged Romney for a first place finish in Clark I think we deserve to know, immediately.
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