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Mitt Romney Campaigns in Downtown Reno

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Republican Mitt Romney told a cheering crowd of about 2,000 in Reno they will play a big role in deciding who's the next president. 

"The choices you make in Nevada and in Reno will make a difference in the nation for families and for your own family."

President Obama carried the key battleground state of Nevada last time around partly because he became the first Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to win the Republican-leaning Washoe County.

But Romney said during a lunch-hour speech in downtown Reno on Wednesday he's confident Nevada will help send him to the White House in November. The former Massachusetts governor appealed to everyone in the crowd to go out and find one person who voted for Obama last time and persuade them to "come out and vote for us this time."

He drove home his 5 point plan of domestic energy development, international trade, fixing schools, balancing the budget and championing small business saying voters can count on him.  "And so I need to count on you to get out and vote and get your friends out to vote and make sure we take America in a direction for families! Thank you very much."

Reaction was positive but mixed: 

"I think he has a way to bring us to the point that we will be a successful nation," says Roberta Della of Carson City.

Dick Westrup of Reno adds, "I loved the way he spoke 'cause he takes us to the big picture that we have to get back to a servient government."

"Well," says Helen Hellerstein of Carson City, "he didn't tell me exactly how he was gonna do it but I have a lot of faith in that boy and I think he'll do fine."

After the speech, Romney headed for his second campaign stop of the day, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Romney also campaigned Tuesday in Las Vegas and President Obama planned at speech there Wednesday night as part of his two-day "America Forward!" tour that also includes Iowa, Colorado, Florida and Virginia.

More than 162,000 Nevadans have already cast ballots in the first three days of early voting.

Figures provided Tuesday by the secretary of state's office shows 125,312 people have voted in person at early voting locations, while another 36,786 ballots were received by mail.

A break down shows of those who voted in person, 48% are Democrats and 35% are Republicans. The other 16% are either nonpartisan or registered as a minor political party member.

In Clark County, nearly 90,000 people have already voted. In northern Nevada's Washoe County, more than 21,000 votes have been placed.

To find your polling place by going to http://www.co.washoe.nv.us/voters/12EVSchedule.htm

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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