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Santorum, Romney, Paul Gear Up Ahead of Little-Watched Nevada Contest

The last 36 hours for David McGowan have been pretty crazy.  The newly installed Nevada state director for the Rick Santorum campaign didn't have his job before Tuesday's Iowa caucus.

He's got it now.

"I really feel that there's a movement here for conservatives looking for someone to lead them," McGowan said from his cell phone that's been jammed with calls and texts the last couple of days.

McGowan said he's still trying to find office space for the campaign and organize the scores of volunteers and others who'll be needed to work for Santorum in advance of Nevada's Republican caucus on Feb. 4. 

"We feel that people are out there. They're going to find us as much as we're going to find them," he said.

Santorum's Silver State momentum runs square against longstanding frontrunner and Iowa caucuses winner Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor won the Nevada contest in 2008 and has made multiple visits since. 

"I feel good about where we are," Romney senior adviser Ryan Erwin told Fox News. Erwin said the campaign's volunteer efforts are strong but acknowledges that more work needs to be done in the next month. 

Texas Rep. Ron Paul also has a strong organization in Nevada and is expected to do well in Nevada.  He could even be campaigning there as early as next week, according to national spokesman Gary Howard.

"We have a number of events planned but not finalized for Nevada yet, we are still working out a final schedule, and will release the details soon," Howard said in an email.  "Nevada, like all of the early states is an important contest in a long election cycle. We plan to keep working hard there just like we have been everywhere else."

While the caucus is now less than a month away, earlier contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida are likely to keep most campaigns from spending significant attention and resources on Nevada until days before the event.  But the political spotlight should be squarely on Nevada the first week of February.