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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The Latest from the 2nd annual Basque Fry where Nevada Republicans are rallying on a ranch south of Carson City (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A black sheriff who was elected as a Democrat in Wisconsin stole the show at a rural Republican rally on a ranch in northern Nevada.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. took aim at what calls the "Never Trumpers" during the 2nd annual Basque Fry sponsored by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt and his conservative political action committee.

Clarke urged Donald Trump's doubters to put aside any reservations they may have about the billionaire real estate tycoon and help him defeat Hillary Clinton for the good of the country.

He says they need to check their ego and get over the fact that whoever they preferred for president did not win the GOP nomination.

Clarke says the thing he likes most about Trump is that he is a "fighter." He says the past two Republican nominees — John McCain and Mitt Romney — lacked that sort of spirit.

He says Romney had President Obama "on the ropes... staggering" after their first presidential debate in 2012. But he says Romney backed off because he didn't "want to come off as picking on the black guy."

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12:55 p.m.

Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton is urging disaffected Republicans in Nevada to resist the temptation to sit out the November election.

The former ambassador to the United Nations said during the 2nd annual GOP Basque Fry on a ranch south of Carson City on Saturday that he continues to hear from people who say they won't vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Bolton said that any Republican who succumbs to the temptation to vote for a third party candidate will be punching the ticket for the former First Lady's return to the White House.

He says anyone who believes Clinton won't be as bad or worse than President Obama is deceiving themselves.

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11:20 a.m.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is railing against the Obama administration's national security policy at a GOP rally on a ranch south of Carson City.

Laxalt and his conservative political action committee are hosting the 2nd annual Basque Fry to rally the troops for the November election.

The grandson of former Nevada Gov. and U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt says that America is less safe than it was eight years ago.

He says Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will only mean more of the same. He says the one thing Donald Trump stands for is change.

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event that runs through Saturday afternoon.

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11 a.m.

More than 1,000 Nevada Republicans are gathering for a barbeque on a ranch south of Carson City to rally the troops for the November election.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt and his conservative political action committee MorninginNevada are hosting the second annual Basque Fry on a ranch outside Gardnerville that dates to the 1860s.

Laxalt said Saturday's event is all about history and tradition. His grandfather, the late U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt, used to host a similar barbeque in the style of their Basque family tradition with chorizo sausages and fried sheep testicles during the 1980s.

Laxalt says everywhere he goes in Nevada people tell him how much they miss his grandfather. They say he said what he meant and did what he'd say he'd do.

Laxalt says Donald Trump is cut from the same mold.

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