Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 | 6:22 p.m.
The Nevada Republican Party has re-elected Michael McDonald as chairman after a heated election.
McDonald won the race 182-151 against Nick Phillips in a vote Saturday at the Nevada Republican Central Committee meeting in Las Vegas. Party insiders and elected Republicans were eligible to vote.
McDonald sought a third two-year term, arguing that he and the rest of the current board have been working tirelessly to improve the organization and repair a strained relationship with the Republican National Committee.
But he's been dogged by bad press over a financial mismanagement lawsuit and his quiet hiring to a high-paid state job.
Phillips, former political director of the Clark County Republican Party, argued he could bring in younger voters and improve the party's image among donors and the public.