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Nels Mitchell
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Idaho
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBoise High School
Bachelor'sColumbia University
J.D.University of Idaho Law School
Campaign website
Nels Mitchell campaign logo
Nels Mitchell was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Idaho.[1] Mitchell was defeated by incumbent Jim Risch in the November 4, 2014 general election.

He won the nomination in the Democratic nomination in the primary.[2]


Mitchell was born in Seattle and raised in Idaho.[3]


  • Boise High School
  • Columbia University
  • University of Idaho Law School


On The Issues Vote Match

Nels Mitchell's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Mitchell is a Liberal Populist. Mitchell received a score of 52 percent on social issues and 24 percent on economic issues.[5]

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Unknown Comfortable with same-sex marriage Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[5] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: United States Senate elections in Idaho, 2014

Mitchell ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Idaho.[1] He won the nomination in the Democratic nomination in the primary.[2] Nels Mitchell lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Risch Incumbent 65.3% 285,596
     Democratic Nels Mitchell 34.7% 151,574
Total Votes 437,170
Source: Idaho Secretary of State
U.S. Senate, Idaho Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNels Mitchell 69.6% 16,908
William Bryk 30.4% 7,378
Total Votes 24,286
Source: Idaho Secretary of State

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Idaho Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed March 17,2 014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Idaho Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  3. Nels Mitchell for Idaho Facebook Page, "Info," accessed March 17, 2014
  4. Nels Mitchell for Idaho, "About," accessed March 17, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 On The Issues, "Nels Mitchell Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.