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Trump talks with Nevada GOP leaders as they strive to boost voter registration

Nevada Republican Party executive director Greg Bailor visited with Donald Trump on Friday in Stateline, where the Republican nominee for president spoke at a state GOP fundraiser.

Trump wanted to know how voter registration efforts are going in Nevada, Bailor said Saturday at the Nevada GOP summer meeting.

“His first question was how we are doing with voter registration,” Bailor told the group convened for the gathering at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Republicans have a deficit of about 77,000 registered voters compared with the Nevada State Democratic Party, Bailor said.

Both Republican and Democratic organizers are aggressively conducting outreach efforts in Nevada, a swing state in the presidential race.

Nevada Republicans have more than 40 paid staffers engaged in field programs, data work and other election efforts, Bailor said. GOP officials are putting an emphasis on voter outreach that has started earlier compared with efforts in 2012.

“Four years ago in August, we were just getting started,” Bailor said.

Republicans had a deficit of about 90,000 active voters at the October close of registration in 2012.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 18.

Bailor encouraged Republicans to do volunteer shifts and talk to voters in their communities.

“Door-knocking and voter registration is what’s going to drive this race,” Bailor said.

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