LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald says the party needs to set aside its differences on small issues to become relevant and win elections.
More than 500 delegates from around the state convened Saturday in Las Vegas to adopt a party platform and generate enthusiasm for the election season.
Spirited debate over party endorsements in primary elections is anticipated later in the day. The party's central committee initiated the unusual move, a response to grassroots anger over early candidate endorsements from elected officials like Gov. Brian Sandoval in the bitter lieutenant governor's race.
Critics argue endorsing one Republican over another before voters have their say at the ballot box will be divisive. But supporters counter it would make candidates more accountable to grassroots organizers who work to elect them.