Showdown Looms for Nevada GOP Leadership

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A showdown looms for leadership of the state Republican Party, with Nevada's top elected Republicans backing a challenger to overhaul the party marred by divisiveness.

Robert Uithoven, a longtime GOP operative, is challenging current Chairman Michael McDonald. The state GOP central committee meets Saturday in Las Vegas to elect officers.

Uithoven has the backing of Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and other elected GOP officials. He also brings the implied support of Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a high-profile Republican donor who in the last election gave nearly $100 million to help Republican candidates.

Uithoven is a lobbyist for Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp.

McDonald is a former police officer and Las Vegas councilman.


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