Ted Cruz Rally Draws Supporters, Protesters on Eve of Nevada Caucus

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After more than an hour of standing outside, and an hour sitting inside the Truckee Meadows Boys and Girls Club, Ted Cruz fans finally got what they wanted -- him.

Some who waited around for the only Republican to beat Donald Trump in this presidential election cycle weren't there to applaud.

Protesters were upset about Cruz's plan to return federal lands to state control.

"It bothers me a lot because I grew up in Texas where there is virtually no public land," complained Randy McNatt of Reno.

"I think that's the beginning of the death of the west," said Reno's Terri Farley.

It's a topic FOX40's political analyst Gary Dietrich knew would be a flash point on the eve of the Nevada Caucus.

"In many of these western states (Bureau of Lan Management) and other things, are huge ... if not majority of the acreage of the state. That has been a concern in terms of grazing rights, mining rights  and other things in these western rural states," he said.

For some of the folks holding signs Monday, cost is a big issue when it comes to the management of land.

"We can't even afford to educate our kids.  We don't have the tax money for it,  so how are we gonna keep the federal lands, state lands in prime shape," questioned one man in the crowd.

Others find only faith in how Cruz would handle federal land and any other issue the presidency could hand him.

"I'd like to see it state run. I believe the state can do better with it than the federal government can. Bring the money back to the state," stressed Allen Leffew from Sparks.

"He's the only constitutional conservative in the race.  And with what just happened with our Supreme Court justice, we really need someone to be a good nominee," said Mike Wilcox.

He drove to Reno from Quincy, California, to hear Cruz speak.

In less than one day caucus voters will let Cruz know if his message matches what they believe.