Nevada gubernatorial election, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014
Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Results
- 3 Race background
- 4 Polls
- 5 Past elections
- 6 Voter turnout
- 7 Key deadlines
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Defeated in the primary
|Governor of Nevada, 2014|
|Republican||Brian Sandoval Incumbent||70.6%||386,340|
|Independent||None of these candidates||2.9%||15,751|
|Independent American||David Lory VanderBeek||2.7%||14,536|
|Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.|
|Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Brian Sandoval Incumbent||89.9%||105,857|
|None of these candidates||3%||3,509|
|Election Results Via:Nevada Secretary of State.|
|Governor of Nevada, Democratic Primary, 2014|
|None of these candidates||30%||21,725|
|Election Results Via:Nevada Secretary of State.|
Sandoval and the 2010 wave election
Sandoval won election in 2010, a year when Republicans were trending to the far-right, leading to the election of controversial GOP governors such as Florida's Rick Scott and Wisconsin's Scott Walker. Two years into Sandoval's term, meanwhile, he remained mostly out of the national spotlight due to his pragmatic, low-key approach and willingness to work on both sides of the aisle. With the national Republican Party in rebuilding mode, Sandoval offered an example in contrast to the more aggressive approach taken by the GOP in recent years.
It became clear early in the 2014 election cycle that Nevada's Democratic Party struggled to find high-profile, credible candidates to face Sandoval in the November election. Democratic voters in the Silver State cast more votes for the option of "None of these candidates" in the primary election than any of the actual candidates. Primary voters were unimpressed with any of the eight candidates the Democratic party was able to round up to appear on the primary ballot. "None of these candidates" received 30 percent of the vote. The candidate with the next highest vote total, Robert Goodman with 25 percent, faced Sandoval in the general election. Goodman is a retired economic development commissioner from Las Vegas.
"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. When "None of these candidates" receives the highest percentage, the candidate with the next highest percentage of votes is deemed the winner. According to state law: "only votes cast for the named candidates shall be counted in determining nomination or election to any statewide office or presidential nominations or the selection of presidential electors."
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 the primary election.
|Governor of Nevada|
|Poll||Brian Sandoval * (R)||Robert Goodman (D)||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|New York Times/CBS News/YouGov|
October 16-23, 2014
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Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.
|Governor of Nevada, 2010|
|Green||David Scott Curtis||0.6%||4,437|
|Libertarian||Arthur Forrest Lampitt||0.7%||4,672|
|Independent||Aaron Y. Honig||0.4%||3,216|
Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 82,596,338 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 36.4 percent of the VEP. By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.
- According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.
- Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
- The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Indiana (28 percent), Texas (28.5 percent) and Utah (28.8 percent).
- Maine (59.3 percent), Wisconsin (56.9 percent) and Alaska (55.3 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
- There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.
|Voter turnout rates, 2014|
|State||Total votes for top office||% voter eligible population||Top statewide office up for election||Size of lead (Raw votes)||Size of lead (%)|
|District of Columbia||150,000||30.3||Mayor||27,934||19|
|Indiana||1,350,000||28.0||Secretary of state||234,978||17.8|
|North Carolina||2,900,000||40.7||U.S. Senate||48,511||1.7|
|North Dakota||248,670||43.8||U.S. House At-large seat||42,214||17.1|
|West Virginia||460,000||31.8||U.S. Senate||124,667||27.6|
Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on November 19, 2014. The results in this table draw from unofficial results as of November 12, 2014.
|January 6, 2014||First day of candidate filing|
|January 17, 2014||Last day of candidate filing|
|July 10, 2014||Primary election|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|November 25, 2014||Certification of election results|
|January 5, 2015||Inauguration day for state executive officials|
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- Las Vegas Sun, "Sandoval kicks off re-election bid with State of the State, budget," accessed January 16, 2013
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Las Vegas Sun, "Sandoval kicks off re-election bid with State of the State, budget," January 16, 2013
- Nevada Secretary of State, 2014 Filed Candidates, accessed March 17, 2014
- David Lory VanderBeek for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 26, 2013
- Las Vegas Sun, Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Announcement, November 7, 2013
- FOX News, "Nevada's governor shows Republican strength in states," June 22, 2013
- Politico, "In Nevada, nobody wins (sort-of)," June 11, 2014
- Greenfield Daily Reporter, "Robert Goodman wins Nevada's Democratic gubernatorial primary; will face Gov Brian Sandoval," June 11, 2014
- Fox News, 'Nevada Democrats select 'none of these candidates' in gubernatorial primary," June 11, 2014
- Nevada Legislature, "Elections," accessed June 11, 2014
- United States Elections Project, "2014 November General Election Turnout Rates," November 7, 2014
- TIME, "Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections Hits 72-Year Low," November 10, 2014
- PBS, "2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years," November 10, 2014
- U.S. News & World Report, "Midterm Turnout Down in 2014," November 5, 2014
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