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October 27, 2006

Suddenly, Nevada GOP Candidates Are Reeling

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Some key Republican candidates in Nevada have encountered serious turbulence in recent weeks as they try to land their campaigns on the winning side of the Nov. 7 elections. Their controversies could not only adversely affect their own electoral chances, but could also hurt other GOP campaigns. And with Nevada and other Western states increasingly seen as battlegrounds in presidential elections, there could be long-term implications for the balance of power in the region. Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.), who just weeks ago looked like he had a lock on the governor’s mansion, is now in a pitched battle with state Sen. Dina Titus (D), thanks to a spate of bad news that won’t help the GOP as it fights to hold on to two Silver State Congressional seats. A Las Vegas cocktail waitress accused him of assault and of coming on to her — and he denies both charges. Then a woman who worked for the Gibbons family as a nanny revealed that she was an illegal immigrant at the time. Gibbons’ wife, former state Assemblywoman Dawn Gibbons (R), who lost her bid to succeed her husband for the 2nd district seat in the August Republican primary, said she believed the woman was in the country legally when she worked for them in the 1980s.

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