Divided Nevada GOP searches for identity

CREATED May 13, 2012

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada Republicans were hoping for relevance in this year's presidential election and they got it, but whether it will be detrimental or beneficial to the GOP ticket come November is the looming question.
Last weekend's two-day state Republican convention was a heady event for loyalists of long-shot GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, who took 22 of the 25 at-large delegate slots to go to the Republican national convention in Tampa, Fla.
Paul supporters also ousted Nevada's two members on the Republican National Committee, and earlier took control of the Clark County Republican Party and a large number of seats on the state GOP central committee.
Now it's up the new party hierarchy to raise money and get Republicans to the polls -- or be steamrolled by the well-organized Democrats.