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Nevada Republicans Vow Faster Returns

LAS VEGAS (CN) - Unlike Bullwinkle's attempts at pulling a rabbit out of a hat, the Nevada Republican Party says, when it comes to reporting caucuses results, they'll get it right this time for sure.

Caucus meetings start no sooner than 5 p.m. and must conclude no later than 9 pm. in Nevada, and only those who registered 10 days in advance of Tuesday can participate.

The Nevada GOP is using smartphone technology and teaming with the Associated Press to report results almost immediately from its 130 polling sites across the state.

Nevada Republicans are determined to avoid the mistakes made in 2012, when the state's party botched reporting results in Clark County, where about two-thirds of Nevada residents reside. Mitt Romney was declared the winner before Clark County results were reported, and official results weren't announced until several days later.

To ensure that doesn't happen, the Nevada GOP this year will tally all results for each precinct within its 17 counties, and site managers at the 130 caucus locations will take photos of results and distribute them via smartphone to the Associated Press, the Nevada GOP and respective county parties after polls close at 9 p.m.

"Results will be compiled and reviewed by the party, and shared with AP. As the news organization inserts the results into its election system, it will share any data issues with the party," said Paul Colford, Associated Press vice president and director of media relations.

"Results that are successfully inserted will be transmitted to AP's newspaper and broadcast member, and from there to the public."

Colford said media can view a livefeed of results as Nevada counties report them at the Nevada GOP media filing center at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas.

The Nevada Caucuses are the first in which a state with a sizeable Hispanic population will vote to select the GOP presidential candidate, and the field includes Hispanics Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, along with apparent front-runner Donald Trump, and others. Hispanics account for 27 percent of Nevada's about 2.84 million residents, and Gov. Brian Sandoval is a Hispanic Republican.

Early polls indicate no clear favorite among Trump, Cruz, Rubio and other candidates, making the Nevada GOP race a virtual toss-up among the GOP's three leading contenders.

The Nevada GOP says each caucus meeting should conclude within an hour, and participants will choose representative for each candidate, hear appeals on their behalf, and discuss matters at the county level, before determining each precinct's eventual caucus winner.

Although registration closed 10 days ago for Tuesday's Nevada GOP caucus, the party did not say how many registered to participate.

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