Campaign Volunteers Prepare for Nevada GOP Caucus

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Just as the Democrats finished their caucus in Nevada, many GOP candidates' campaigns are hitting the ground running in the Silver State, with volunteers from Sacramento crossing the state line in order to ensure their candidate's victory on Tuesday.

Ben Carson held a town hall inside the Atlantis Casino in Reno on Sunday, with Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio and business mogul Donald Trump all scheduling events in the Reno/Sparks area before Tuesday. California volunteers said they're doing what they can to get every vote.

"We've been going door to door and canvassing, and we've been making calls," said Shannon Griffin, a Sacramentan who is volunteering for Senator Cruz. "I think we're afraid to have somebody as impulsive as Trump to represent us, and Cruz kind of represents someone who is going to give us stability in our future."

"One of the things that we've been doing is showing them Cruz's record and showing that he's been very consistent in his stances," said Karin Anderson, who lives in El Dorado County, California, but spent the weekend volunteering for Senator Cruz.

Trump's campaign was also making calls in their Reno office Sunday.

Meanwhile the Bush Campaign's Reno office, located next door to Cruz's, is now deserted after he dropped out of the race Saturday night.

Adam Ellison and Taylor Strand also came from Sacramento to knock on Reno Republicans' doors, hoping to convince undecided voters to pick Rubio.

"We need someone who is young. We need someone who is vibrant. Someone who is experienced, someone who knows how to walk the walk and not just talk it, and I think Rubio is that guy," Ellison told FOX40.

"I can really connect to his story, you know, my mom was a cleaning when I was a child. Hillary Clinton can't point to him and say you're a privileged Republican, you came from money. He's worked his way up," said Strand.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Washoe County's offices are also busy ahead of Tuesday's caucus, printing voter lists and getting information out to each precinct.

Phyllis Westrup, the GOP caucus chair for Washoe County, said she's expecting one of the largest turnouts ever in county history.

"I've been doing caucus trainings and I'd say about 75 percent of the people that come have never done a caucus," Westrup said.

Unlike the Nevada Democratic Caucus on Saturday, the GOP caucus in Nevada does not allow same-day registration, voters must be registered as a Republican by February 13 and must also have a government issued picture ID.

While the Democrats split the room up so everyone can see who everyone else in the district is voting for, the Republicans use a paper ballot they don't have to show anyone else.

Republican voters also don't have to show up at a specific time, rather polls are open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and voters do not have to stay for the entire caucus like Democrats in Nevada do.

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