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Nevada GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval is popular, but not within his party
Nevada GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval is popular, but not within his party

As Republicans struggle to win Latino support and extend their toehold in the West, they could turn to the GOP's Brian Sandoval for help. The first Latino governor in Nevada history, he is young (by political standards), Hollywood handsome and cruising to easy reelection this year in a state that Democrats carried in the last two presidential races. Republicans would very much like to win it back in 2016. "On paper, he's just right out of central casting for the kind of image the party needs," said John Weaver, a Texas-based GOP strategist. But for all the buzz about Republicans' strong gubernatorial bench — a roster of prospective White House...

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