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Nevada Governor Tapped in GOP Registration Push

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The face of politics is changing. Especially for the Republicans and particularly in Nevada.  

According to the latest numbers from Nevada Secretary of State's Office, both Democrats and Republicans have increased their numbers here in the Silver State. In fact, the total number of voters now stands at just over 1.3 million. But Democrats are outpacing the Republicans by an increasingly growing margin. Democrats now hold a 136,000 voter advantage. And that is from voters who registered in January, well after the dust had settled from the election.

"Voters are disgruntled and the Democrats are making the effort actually to represent the people. Republicans are stuck to their ways. They have taken a stance against moderation and compromise. And that is causing folks to walk away. If they can't find a path to a new party by 2014, we could be witnessing the end of the Republican Party," said Fred Lokken, Political Science Professor at Truckee Meadows Community College.

So, nationally, the GOP is pulling out the big guns. And one of them is Governor Brian Sandoval.

Sandoval and Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico, will be a part of the Republican Party's national push to attract Hispanic, female and minority voters. 

"I think it's a brilliant plan," Lokken said. "They both have charisma, they are both wildly popular in their states and they both are seen as moderates. They really could be the face of the future of the Republican Party."

"In the wake of the last election, the GOP is scrambling to enlist members and this could be the ticket they need to turn it all around," Lokken added.

It's expected that the two governors will travel and help raise campaign funds and increase Republican registration nationwide before the 2014 election cycle.

Written by Erin Breen  

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