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Public Lands Defenders Protest At Cruz Rally In Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Dozens of protesters with signs supporting federal ownership of public land joined hundreds of Ted Cruz supporters lined up for the presidential hopeful's rally in Reno the day before Tuesday's Republican caucuses.

Cruz earned big cheers in rural Elko earlier Monday by promising to "take on" the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies that he says are killing jobs.

The Texas senator said he wants millions of acres of federal land in Nevada turned over to state control.

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In Reno, about 50 demonstrators chanted "Keep public lands in public lands" Monday night while waving signs that said Nevada's skiers, hikers and hunters "Love our public lands" and "Public lands, not for sale."

He has five Nevada appearances scheduled Tuesday before caucusing begins.