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"None of these candidates" wins its first election in 38 years: Nevada state executive primary review

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June 11, 2014

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By Kristen Mathews

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Carson City, Nevada: For the first time in 38 years, the gubernatorial candidate option that received the highest votes was "none of these candidates;" leaving the seat to the runner-up in the Democratic primary.

With the lack of high profile candidates on the Democratic ticket for governor, the election for Lieutenant Governor will be the hot race on the ballot. The party securing the seat may determine whether Sandoval challenges Senate leader Harry Reid for his seat in 2016.

Robert Goodman (D), the runner-up in the Democratic primary, will face Republican incumbent Brian Sandoval in the general election. Sandoval easily defeated his four challengers and the "none of these candidates" option on the Republican ballot.

In total there are six state executive positions up for election in Nevada in 2014. These positions include governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and controller. Three of these offices held contested primaries in Tuesday's election. Both Democratic and Republican races were held to nominate gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates while a Republican primary was held to choose the candidate for controller.


Nevada Governor
See also: Nevada Gubernatorial election, 2014

It was clear that Nevada's Democratic Party struggled to find high-profile, credible candidates to face popular incumbent Brian Sandoval in the November election. Democratic voters in the Silver State cast more votes for the option of "None of these candidates" on Tuesday's ballot than any of the actual candidates.[1][2] Primary voters expressed they were unimpressed with any of the eight candidates the Democratic party was able to round up to appear on Tuesday's ballot. "None of these candidates," received 30% of the vote. The candidate with the next highest vote total, Robert Goodman with 25%, will go on to face Sandoval in the general election. Goodman is a retired Economic Development commissioner from Las Vegas. [1]

Brian Sandoval had already raised more than $3 million in campaign funds before the primary election. He easily won the Republican nomination over four challengers in Tuesday's election.[2]

"None of these candidates" is an option on Nevada ballots in presidential and statewide office elections. The last time this option received the highest percentage of votes was in the Republican primary race for House of Representatives in 1976.[3]

Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sandoval Incumbent 89.9% 105,857
Eddie Hamilton 3.2% 3,758
None of these candidates 3% 3,509
William Tarbell 1.7% 1,966
Thomas Tighe 1.3% 1,495
Gary Marinch 1% 1,195
Total Votes 117,780
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.
Governor of Nevada, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
None of these candidates 30% 21,725
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Goodman 24.8% 17,961
Stephen Frye 11.3% 8,231
John Rutledge 8.3% 6,039
Charles Chang 7.7% 5,619
Chris Hyepock 6.5% 4,743
Allen Rheinhart 5% 3,605
Abdul Shabazz 3.8% 2,731
Frederick Conquest 2.6% 1,867
Total Votes 72,521
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Nevada Lieutenant Governor
See also: Nevada Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Due to the potential future plans of the winner of the gubernatorial race, the most exciting race in Nevada's statewide elections this year will be its election of lieutenant governor. Nevada Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is up for election in 2016 and rumors have flown that incumbent Republican governor Brian Sandoval may challenge him for the seat. If Sandoval wins that election, the lieutenant governor would assume the role of governor. Because of this, Sandoval would be less likely to run for Senate if the lieutenant governor's seat is held by a Democrat. With that in mind, Reid is a strong supporter of the Democratic winner of the primary Lucy Flores, while Sandoval is endorsing Mark Hutchinson in order to be able to run for Senate and leave the gubernatorial mansion in Republican hands.[4][5]

Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 53.8% 62,939
Sue Lowden 36.1% 42,290
Chris Dyer 5.8% 6,824
None of these candidates 4.3% 5,011
Total Votes 117,064
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLucy Flores 71.5% 52,324
None of these candidates 15.7% 11,515
Harley Kulkin 12.8% 9,368
Total Votes 73,207
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Nevada Controller
See also: Nevada down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Ron Knecht won the Republican nomination for Nevada Controller in Tuesday's primary. Kencht will face Democratic candidate Andrew Martin in the general election. Martin was unopposed in the primary after his lone challenger, Michael Schaefer failed to make the ballot. Knecht is a member of the Nevada Board of Regents.

Nevada Controller, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Knecht 52.6% 56,497
Barry Herr 19.4% 20,820
None of these candidates 14.4% 15,423
Cort Arlint 13.7% 14,736
Total Votes 107,476
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Full primary results

Election Results

Primary Election Results

Governor

Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sandoval Incumbent 89.9% 105,857
Eddie Hamilton 3.2% 3,758
None of these candidates 3% 3,509
William Tarbell 1.7% 1,966
Thomas Tighe 1.3% 1,495
Gary Marinch 1% 1,195
Total Votes 117,780
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.
Governor of Nevada, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
None of these candidates 30% 21,725
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Goodman 24.8% 17,961
Stephen Frye 11.3% 8,231
John Rutledge 8.3% 6,039
Charles Chang 7.7% 5,619
Chris Hyepock 6.5% 4,743
Allen Rheinhart 5% 3,605
Abdul Shabazz 3.8% 2,731
Frederick Conquest 2.6% 1,867
Total Votes 72,521
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 53.8% 62,939
Sue Lowden 36.1% 42,290
Chris Dyer 5.8% 6,824
None of these candidates 4.3% 5,011
Total Votes 117,064
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLucy Flores 71.5% 52,324
None of these candidates 15.7% 11,515
Harley Kulkin 12.8% 9,368
Total Votes 73,207
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Uncontested primaries

Secretary of State

Uncontested primaries

Treasurer

Uncontested primaries

Controller

  • Uncontested Democratic primary
Nevada Controller, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Knecht 52.6% 56,497
Barry Herr 19.4% 20,820
None of these candidates 14.4% 15,423
Cort Arlint 13.7% 14,736
Total Votes 107,476
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

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