Nevada Republicans just can't seem to get it right. Four years ago the process was overcrowded and confusing. This year, they've sorted out the voting chaos but ran into problems with the results.
"First, Clark County added an additional evening caucus session that slowed things down," says University of Nevada Political Science Professor Eric Herzik. "And when the results were supposed to be released through social networks to speed up the results they instead found themselves bottlenecked. It was just another mess."
"We thought we had it all together," says state Republican official Amy Tarkanian. "Then when some of the national campaign officials complained about it, we turned it over to the county. And they decided that instead of turning in unofficial results they wanted everything verified."
"It was about getting it right, rather than hurrying to get it fast," says Clark County Chairman, David Gibbs. "When the campaigns complained we decided to avoid what happened in Iowa, where they got the results in fast but had to change the results two weeks later. We decided it was more important to get it right."
The problem was just that it cost more than anyone expected.
"The first in the West caucus didn't pay off for us at all," said Herzik. "It took so long to get the results out that the first in the West never even made the Sunday headlines in the East. It was a great opportunity to be heard, and we blew it."
The bottom line is, Republicans are already trying to decide how to make the changes needed and get organized and make a more unified and organized showing with their next chance. As it is they turnout was even less than the turnout they saw four years ago.