Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Nevada Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
|Nevada's Congressional Elections in 2012|
|U.S. Senate Election?||U.S. House seats||Possible competitive races?|
|Yes||4||3 (Senate,3rd, 4th. )|
CARSON CITY: Nevada: Nevada has four U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. In the redistricting following the 2010 census, Nevada gained one Congressional District, the 4th.
Republican incumbent Dean Heller, first appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2010, is seeking re-election in 2012. Heller was appointed to the Senate last year after Republican John Ensign resigned. Heller served as Nevada's secretary of state before being elected to the U.S. House to represent Northern Nevada in 2006. He is challenged by Democratic candidate Shelley Berkley, currently the representative for Nevada's 1st Congressional District.
In July 2012, the House Ethics Committee announced an investigation of Shelley Berkley after she acted to prevent a federal agency from closing a kidney transplant center to which her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, had financial ties. The race continues to be a close one, with Heller maintaining only a slight lead in polls. According to the Cook Political Report race ratings, this race is a toss-up.
|State||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|Nevada Class 1 Senate seat||
David Lory VanderBeek
In the 3rd District, Republican incumbent Joe Heck Democratic candidate John Oceguera. After a competitive race, Heck appears to have the lead in the weeks before the election. Heck won an endorsement from the liberal-leaning Las Vegas Sun, which endorsed only four Republicans for all positions in this election cycle. The Sun praised his work in Washington during his first term and argued that he ought to keep his seat.
The new 4th District is open to candidates Steven Horsford(D) and Danny Tarkanian(R), the son of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. Democrats hold an advantage among registered voters in the new district, but Tarkanian's name recognition and efforts in rural areas of the district have made for a very close race. The race has been marked by dramatic moments for each of the candidates. In October, Tarkanian and other members of his family were fined $17 million after a real estate deal in California went bad. Horsford, current senate majority leader, has been criticized for his dealings with organizations in Las Vegas that were later found guilty of bribery, fraud and corruption.
Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Nevada:
- Candidates running by District
- Partisan breakdown by district
- Comparison of new and old redistricting maps
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| Dina Titus
|2nd|| Samuel Koepnick
Michael L. Haines
|3rd|| John Oceguera
|4th|| Steven Horsford
Joseph P. Silvestri
|Members of the U.S. House from Nevada -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
| Congressional Redistricting Map, approved October 2011
For more information, view Redistricting in Nevada.
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Nevada State Legislature
- November 6, 2012 election results
- Ballotpedia:2012 general election preview articles
- United States Congressional election results, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Nevada, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada, 2012
- Nevada elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections
- Nevada Clark County Government, "Election Dates"
- CNN Politcs, "House Ethics Committee launches inquiry of Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley" accessed October 18, 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Senate Race Ratings" October 4, 2012
- Las Vegas Sun, "Four Candidates" accessed October 31, 2012
- SFGate, "Tight Race" accessed October 31, 2012