RENO, NV - Moved from mid-January to February, there was concern the Nevada caucus may not be relevant. But with no clear front-runner, Nevada's caucus, though later than first thought, may have increased importance.
"I was one of those that believed we should have been third in the nation, but I think it's worked out pretty good because they've weeded out all the weak candidates," Dave Buell, Washoe County Republican Chair, said.
Three states have held contests with three different victors. Florida will weigh-in on Tuesday, and then several days later, Nevada will hold its caucus.
"We wish we had more time between the two but that's what it is I think they'll be here campaigning hard and we'll see them in Vegas and we'll also see them in Reno," Buell said.
Republicans, anticipating crowds, are increasing the number of locations from their last caucus.
Already, the candidates are spending money in Nevada. Combining ad dollars spent at channels two, four and eight, public records show Mitt Romney has already spend roughly thirty-four-thousand dollars. Ron Paul's campaign has spent roughly 11-thousand.
"This isn't going to be over any time soon it's not going to be over by the time it gets to Nevada," Orrin Johnson, Republican Caucus Chair, said.