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Do Nevada Voters Buy Scott Walker's Message?

Presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a campaign event in Las Vegas Tuesday.
John Locher/Associated Press

Presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a campaign event in Las Vegas Tuesday.

Scott Walker visited Las Vegas Tuesday, the very day after he announced he is running for the Republican nomination to become the president.

But Walker's record as governor of Wisconsin is rife with anti-union moves. The question is how will that play with voters in Nevada, a state whose early caucus makes it a key player in the run-up to the nomination?

Jeb Lund, a columnist for  The Guardian, said Walker is appealing to Republican voters because of the way he went after unions in Wisconsin and survived a recall over it.

"I think a huge part of it has to be winning three elections in five years and the fact that he did it in such an uncompromising way," Lund said.

He said many of Walker's stances will work in the primary election, like his opinion on immigration reform, even though it can be a hard sell in Nevada because of its large immigration population, especially Hispanic immigrants.

However, it might be more difficult in the general election. 

"I don't know if it harms him in the primary because so many of his peers are going to be offering the same attitude," Lund explained.

From Walker's home state, Daniel Bice of the  Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said, "Scott Walker is the most liked and the most despised politician in Wisconsin."

But Bice added Wisconsin is in Walker's rearview mirror and he is entirely focused on the presidency.

Bice believes Walker will have a chance to win in Nevada and needs to pick up as many medium and smaller sized states.

"He has to pick up as many states as possible outside of Florida," Bice commented.

The candidate's focus is on Iowa and gaining momentum and money from a win in the nation's first caucus. 

"He has a very adaptable message," Bice said, appealing to three sections of the Republican Party: the Tea Party, the social & religiously conservative and the establishment. 

Daniel Bice, watchdog columnist, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel;  Jeb Lund, columnist,  The Guardian

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