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LAS VEGAS (AP) A slate of potential Republican presidential candidates is descending upon Las Vegas to court one of the GOP's most powerful patrons.

Republican super donor Sheldon Adelson is the main attraction for White House hopefuls as the Republican Jewish Coalition begins its annual "spring leadership meeting" Thursday. The four-day gathering is already being called "the Sheldon primary."

Adelson almost single-handedly bankrolled Newt Gingrich's presidential bid in 2012. He is considered one of the 10 richest people in the world.

The gathering features several prospective presidential candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The agenda includes Scotch tastings, private roundtable discussions, and golf and poker tournaments. Most of the events are private.