High turnout a surprise in Genoa

More than 150 people turned out for the Republican caucus in Genoa, the birthplace of Nevada politics.

Members of Genoa precinct 5 and Jacks Valley precinct 6 met in the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday morning.

Turn-out of Republican voters surprised organizers, who had to create more ballots for the straw poll.

Valley Vista resident Tom Tamen, 59, said he was a Ron Paul supporter.

"I'm against all incumbents," the 25-year resident said. "I think they all should be fired from their jobs."

Jacks Valley resident Mike Olson said he's supporting Mitt Romney, but that he is also experiencing his first caucus.

"I wanted to get out and experience a caucus," he said. "It's neat to see Nevada get to vote early on."

National Committeewoman Beverly Willard said she flew back from Washington D.C. to participate in her caucus.

Willard said that by working with the Republican National Committee, Nevada will get to keep all of its delegates.

However, delegates selected by the Republicans on Saturday will not be bound to any candidate.

One of the youngest participants in the caucus in Genoa was Charlotte Drumm, 20, of Alpine View, who attended with her parents.

The University of Nevada, Reno, nursing student, said she was leaning toward Mike Huckabee.

The Carson Valley native and 2006 Douglas High graduate attended the caucus with her parents, Curt and Dianne Drumm.

"He's very personable and has had more specific answers than I've hear from the other candidates," she said.


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