GOP Nevada Governor's Support Slips In Rural Elko County

RENO (AP) - Republican Gov. Gibbons has always enjoyed overwhelming support from voters in northeastern Nevada's Elko

He easily carried the state's third most populous rural county en route to five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and again in 2006 when he defeated Democrat Dina Titus for governor.

Now, GOP Elko County Commissioners Charlie Myers and John Ellison acknowledge Gibbons' support is eroding in the Republican stronghold because of a messy divorce and a series of other difficulties.

While registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than a 2-to-1 margin in Elko County, Myers says the county's support of Gibbons in a 2010 re-election bid is in question. Gibbons has said he intends to seek a second term.

Gibbons' press secretary Ben Kieckhefer says the governor hopes
voters in Elko County remember that he has been loyal to them for many years by being a strong supporter of the mining and ranching industries.

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