Conservative group backs Gibbons

The campaign of Gov. Jim Gibbons on Friday announced an endorsement from the conservative group Grassroots Nevada.

The endorsement comes as a survey published Friday sponsored by the Review-Journal and taken by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows Gibbons trailing challenger Brian Sandoval by 18 percentage points among likely Republican primary voters.

In a statement from the Gibbons campaign, communications director Jill Lufrano said the endorsement shows "Voters see Governor Gibbons as the only true conservative grassroots candidate in the pack."

On its website, Grassroots Nevada describes itself thusly: "These coalitions of conservatives, tea party patriots, Glenn Beck 912ers, libertarians, independents, etc. are all concerned about personal liberties and runaway government spending at both the federal and state level. Grassroots Nevada is dedicated to electing fiscal conservatives to the Nevada state legislature."

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