Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate who has been doing well in Nevada polls despite never having publicly campaigned in the state, is scheduled to visit in coming weeks.
The former Massachusetts governor plans to campaign in Elko on Aug. 13 and to make another Nevada trip, which will include a stop in Las Vegas, the following week.
Romney's visit to Elko will follow an Aug. 5 stop in the eastern Nevada community by Sen. Barack Obama, a Democratic presidential hopeful.
Democratic candidates, particularly presidential candidates, traditionally spend little time campaigning in the Republican-dominated rural parts of Nevada, including Elko County.
In June, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit Elko in 50 years, according to Lance Whitney, chairman of the Elko County Democrats.
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