Campaigns Making More Swings through Nevada

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are making campaign stops in Las Vegas on back-to-back days. Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan will make their first joint appearance Tuesday in Nevada when they appear at a rally at the Henderson Pavilion.

Obama is scheduled to attend a grassroots rally late Wednesday night in Las Vegas as part of a two-day campaign blitz in six battleground states. First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to return to Las Vegas on Friday.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Nevada Voters shows Obama with 50% support to Romney’s 47%. Obama has now hit the 50% mark again in Nevada for the first time since July.

Romney will be in Reno Wednesday. The campaign confirms that the GOP nominee will make a campaign stop in the area, but no other details have been released.

Northern Nevada’s largest newspaper has endorsed Romney for president. The Reno Gazette-Journal says the state and nation can’t afford four more years of President Obama’s leadership, noting Nevada’s economy continues to lag behind the rest of the nation.

In 2008, the paper endorsed Obama over Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin.

Democrats in Nevada have a strong advantage over Republicans in voter registration totals heading into Election Day. Figures released Friday by the secretary of state’s office show Democrats outnumber Republicans by 90,187.

By percentages, Democrats account for 42 percent of active voters statewide, compared with 35 percent registered as Republicans. The tallies are similar to 2008, when Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 100,000 statewide and helped propel Obama to a 12 point victory margin in Nevada.

Hired this summer as a public relations specialist in the Sandoval administration, Julie Ardito has left the Nevada governor’s office after 15 weeks on the job. She was hired by Governor Brian Sandoval in July as director of community affairs and constituent services.

Ardito returned as principal of her firm, Julie Ardito Public Relations, in Reno. Her last day was October 12th.

Governor Sandoval and members of his Cabinet will be reading to elementary school students, Thursday. Sandoval says the program is designed to encourage children to read and help bring focus to the reading challenges many children face.

Dubbed “Cabinet Reading Day,” members of the Sandoval administration will either read “Tomas and the Ghost Town” by Mike Miller or “Pogonip Magic” by Karen Collett Wilson.  Both are Nevada authors.

Reading sessions are planned at elementary schools in the Reno-Sparks area and in Las Vegas.

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