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1,500 Attend Basque Fry to Support Laxalt, GOP Candidates This November

SD Gov. Kristi Noem and Texas Senator Ted Cruz Headlined the Annual Gathering

RENO, NV — More than 1,500 Republicans flocked to the seventh annual Basque Fry in Reno this past Saturday to lend their support to Republican Senate Candidate Adam Laxalt along with other Republicans on the ballot this fall. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, conservative author and commentator Kurt Schlichter, and a host of influential local conservatives addressed attendees urging them to unite in support of Adam Laxalt’s bid to unseat Democrat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Here are some of the highlights from the event:

Video roundup of the 7th annual Basque Fry

Captain Sam Brown calls on Nevadans to unite behind Adam Laxalt’s campaign

About 1,500 conservatives attended the seventh annual Basque Fry on a sunny Saturday outside Gardnerville, listening to live music, eating, drinking and getting inspiration from Republican speakers such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Corley Ranch event, put on by the Morning in Nevada political action committee, was mostly aimed at promoting Adam Laxalt’s challenge against Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto. “I believe the single best pickup opportunity for Republicans in the Senate is Nevada,” Cruz said.

“We’re here because Adam Laxalt needs to make sure I’m not the only Republican in the federal delegation,” Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said. Other speakers focused their remarks on Laxalt’s record as a conservative, with one speaker going as far to call him “the conservative version of ‘woke.’”

But other speakers, including Laxalt himself, took aim at his opponent, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.

National and state politicians fired up the crowd with a message of urgency 80 days before midterm elections that will decide which party controls both the State House in Carson City and Congress in Washington D.C. Speaking to reporters before he took the state, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called Laxalt’s race “the single best pickup opportunity for Republicans.”

“Part of the reason is that Adam managed to unify the Republican Party early,” Cruz said. “There are all sorts of different slices and flavors of Republicans state by state. And one of the challenges we have in some of the other states is we have candidates who came through pretty rocky primaries, where there’s still some bruised feelings.”

In his speech, Schlichter described the upcoming November election as a “fight for the soul of the United States.” “If we lose in Nevada, we lose everything,” he said. “Get on your feet, get out, get Joe Lombardo into Carson City, get Adam Laxalt into Washington, D.C.”

The seventh annual Basque Fry drew over hundreds of supporters to Gardnerville. Speakers at the Corley Ranch this morning included South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Many travel from out of state for the annual event, Don and Chris Negus returned to Corley Ranch from California after attending last year for the first time. "We want to support the republicans. We are tired of being pushed around."

Nevada Republicans called for unity within the party during Adam Laxalt’s Basque Fry in Gardnerville over the weekend. Roughly 1,500 people gathered under the hot sun at a cattle ranch in rural Nevada.

Speakers and attendees, like retired Army Capt. Sam Brown, called for supporting Republicans down the ballot, no matter what. Brown lost to Laxalt during Nevada’s primary election in June.


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