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RightOnline Activists Canvass Key NV County

July 24, 2010 - 10:10 PM | by: Cristina Corbin

The RightOnline conference of conservative writers and activists in Las Vegas ended Saturday with door-to-door canvassing in the battleground state of Nevada.

A caravan of 12 buses of conservative activists, who had each attended the two-day conference of red meat-packed speeches, took to the streets of Clark County following an afternoon rally inside the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

Braving 112-degree temperature, the group walked through residential neighborhoods in the Las Vegas suburb, distributing flyers critical of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., whose district includes Clark County – a critical swing-state region.

The annual RightOnline conference, sponsored by the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity, hosted around 1,100 attendees on Friday and Saturday and served as a crash course on effective online activism and use of social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter.

It also quickly became a rallying cry meant to fire up the Republican base ahead of the 2010 midterm elections. Tea Party favorites Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle were each featured speakers at the conference.

“In the end it comes down not to the technology as much as the effectiveness and the passion of your activists,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, the Virginia-based group that sponsored the event. “Both sides have access to the same technology.”

Phillips spoke as the liberal NetRoots Nation convened just across town. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., headlined the event and President Obama made a video appearance, urging liberal activists and bloggers to “keep up the fight” to bring change to Washington.

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