LAS VEGAS (AP) - Longtime GOP operative Robert Uithoven has fallen short in a bid to unseat Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald.
Uithoven, who had the backing of Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and other elected GOP officials, congratulated McDonald following the vote of over 300 party leaders Saturday in Las Vegas.
McDonald won a two-year term by a 193-112 vote.
McDonald, in an acceptance speech, told the state GOP Central Committee that "it's a new day" and he's looking forward to the 2104 elections.
Uithoven says the purpose of political parties is to help candidates win elections and he fears the Nevada GOP is falling further and further behind in its fundraising ability and voter registration efforts.
But he says Saturday's vote shows the current state party leadership "is not willing to go in an opposite direction" and he respects their wishes.
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