Nevada Regional Director at Ron Paul 2012 Jeremy
Brace speaking from Henderson days after the Nevada caucus states, "I'm
tired of hearing about voter fraud in Nevada. There was no voter fraud.
The ballots were hand counted in front of members of each campaign and
validated. The problems lied in the ineptness of the Nevada GOP's
caucus procedure and the fact RP supporters didn't turn out to vote."
He added, "We had enough supporters to beat Romney."
Communication and organization skills were null & void at the event
run by Nevada's GOP party. The scene at Valley High school was
chaotic and reports have come back from other caucus spots that it was
a mess all over Clark County. Similar complaints arise: Nobody knew
where the Precinct Captain packages were at, voters couldn't find their
rooms, rooms were messy, and rules were broke.
At 8am my son and I walked into Valley High, planning to run our
meeting. We knew the first one there can grab the captain's package.
Which would have given us an hour to read and understand the handout
- Perfect! Instead packets weren't distributed until after the 9AM start
time. Captains were left confused trying to take in all the information
while caucus onlookers waited impatiently. Arguments ensued, voters
showed up late. I was not impressed.
There were some who made the best of the situation. Ron Paul activist
and party volunteer Bob Spirit made the best of the situation. He
arrived at Silverado High School at 7AM and in the first 2 hours he was
able to get 20 precinct meeting up and running by encouraging someone
to run the meeting and getting them set up. He then chaired his own
precinct meeting, which thanks to Spirit's efforts, was a big
So it seems Ron Paul's 3rd place finish was do to his campaign's failure
to get out the vote. Perhaps he was the delegate winner, after all it's one
thing to join a neighborhood meeting. Coughing up $40 to attend a large drawn
out gathering is another story.
As for the 2008/2012 comparison, that is probably due to the low voter turnout. Mitt Romney had 22,646 votes in 2008 and 16,486 in 2012, so his vote total was much lower in comparison.
Check the results of your precinct here with this evidence.
So far I haven't heard any specific challenges.
NV Rep. Caucas Twitter voter update including precinct totals: txt file
from Feb. 6 PM.