|Good afternoon fellow Republicans! |
I’ve just returned from the RNC Winter meeting held this week in Albuquerque, NM. It was a very exciting meeting! Vice Chairman DeGraffenreid and I helped to welcome our newest RNC member, National Committeewoman Michele Fiore, as her election was ratified by the RNC membership.
I’m also pleased to report that National Committeeman Lee Hoffman will be joining the RNC Rules Committee as the representative from Nevada. Thank you, Michele and Lee, for serving the Silver State and the NVGOP!
At this meeting, we also re-elected Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and welcomed the new leadership team that includes a great friend of mine, Tom Hicks. Mr. Hicks is former national finance co-chair for President Trump’s 2016 campaign. He’s a proven leader, and I look forward to seeing what he will achieve as RNC Co-Chair. Our good friend Bob Paduchik did not run for re-election as RNC Co-Chair because President Trump asked him to return to his campaign team, and we look forward to working with him in that role. All of these wonderful people are ready to help move the RNC and the Trump campaign forward together as we continue to march towards 2020.
During every RNC meeting, the states in the different regions of our nation meet to discuss business that is relevant to their region. The Western Region meeting was filled with stories of the same kinds of defeats that we saw here in Nevada, along with questions of how it happened. When it was my turn to address the group, I didn’t want to join my colleagues in rehashing the losses that we all suffered. I chose instead to reminded them that in 2014, Nevada saw a huge red wave. The Democrats were faced with the reality that they fell short, but we didn’t see them pointing fingers or casting blame. Instead, they forced themselves to regroup and figure out what they needed to do to win the next time. They looked at what they had done well, and looked at areas where they could improve, and they found a way to get their message out and energize their base.
Fast forward to today – Nevada Republicans in 2019 are in that same situation. We had the largest and most extensive ground game ever in 2018, and in many ways it was extremely successful. Between 2016 and 2018 we increased registered Republicans by more than 34,000 voters in Nevada, and we cut the Republican voter registration deficit by nearly 14,000. When all the votes were counted, we increased voter turnout by nearly 50% compared to the 2014 midterms, and while the “blue wave” is described as overwhelming, three of our six Constitutional Officer races were decided by about half of one percent of the votes cast, and if those races had all broken our way we’d be in a much better position.
Despite all the gains we made in registration and turnout, in the end the Democrats gained even more, . We are all faced with a blue wall and now it’s our turn to regroup and build on the foundation we’ve laid to win the next round. We have a lot of work to do to get our President re-elected in 2020 and I look forward to continuing to work with all seventeen counties to do that. We all have our part to play and the message must be clear in order to unify and energize the voters who agree with our message.
The members of the RNC voted unanimously on a resolution affirming our support for President Trump. In order to echo that support here in Nevada it will require all of our members, county parties, clubs reaching out to registered Republicans and swing voters statewide to join us in our efforts. We will benefit from the support of the Trump campaign, and we’ll work together as an extension of them here in West. If you support President Trump, the winning team has been assembled. The Trump re-election team and the RNC have joined forces to get our President re-elected and we need you to make that team a winner here in Nevada!
There are plenty of ways to support your party and your President. The NVGOP is always looking for volunteers and we encourage our members to become sustaining donors. Another way to support your party is to get involved in your local county party. The Lincoln Day tour has begun – several members of the Executive Board travel the state to enjoy these fun events and I hope to see you at one of the upcoming Lincoln Day events! In the South, the NVGOP hosts a First Friday event at Stoney’s Rockin’ County, more information on the February event can be found here.
The Nevada GOP is heading up an effort to track activity at the Nevada Legislature, and to make our voices heard to protect our state against attacks by the Democrat majority on our rights and freedoms. If you’d like to help in this effort by contacting legislators, testifying on critical legislation, writing letters to the editor, or being a resource for those in your precinct or neighborhood who want to affect the legislative process, sign up here.
Finally, the next meeting of the state central committee will be held in Carson City on April 27, 2019. Mark your calendars, details will be sent to you soon.
We are Nevadans, we are Battle Born and we are fighters. Join us!
|Thank you and God bless you and your family,|
Michael J. McDonald
|ChairmanNevada Republican Party|