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Ex-Vegas Councilman Elected Nevada GOP Chairman

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Las Vegas City Councilman Michael McDonald has been elected as chairman of the Nevada Republican Party.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports McDonald won Sunday with 182 votes from the state GOP central committee.

His only opponent, Washoe County Republican Chairman Dave Buell, garnered 90 votes during the meeting in Las Vegas.

McDonald called for an end to “name calling” and “finger pointing” within his party. He pledged to unite the GOP and take it in a “new direction” during the 2012 election year.

Conservative tea party supporters and backers of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul have battled the old guard the last few years in Nevada, splintering the party.

McDonald, who replaces Amy Tarkanian, is the fourth Republican state chair since late 2009.

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