Nevada gubernatorial election, 2014

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Nevada Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winners:
Brian Sandoval Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Brian Sandoval Republican Party
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Nevada State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller

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The Nevada gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Brian Sandoval (R) was running for re-election.[1] He defeated Democratic candidate Robert Goodman and independent candidate David Lory VanderBeek for another four-year term in the general election.

Nevada is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[2][3][4]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Brian Sandoval - IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png[5]
Democratic Party Robert Goodman[6]
Independent David Lory VanderBeek[7]

Defeated in the primary

Republican Party Eddie Hamilton[6]
Republican Party Gary Marinch[6]
Republican Party William Tarbell[6]
Republican Party Thomas Tighe[6]
Democratic Party Chris Hyepock[8]
Democratic Party Charles Chang[6]
Democratic Party Frederick Conquest[6]
Democratic Party Stephen Frye[6]
Democratic Party Fernando Lopes[6]
Democratic Party Allen Rheinhart[6]
Democratic Party John Rutledge[6]
Democratic Party Abdul Shabazz[6]

Results

General election

Governor of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sandoval Incumbent 70.6% 386,340
     Democratic Robert Goodman 23.9% 130,722
     Independent None of these candidates 2.9% 15,751
     Independent American David Lory VanderBeek 2.7% 14,536
Total Votes 547,349
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican primary

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.

Democratic primary

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.

Race background

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.[9]

Democratic primary

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.[10][11] 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.[10]

"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.[12] 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."[13]

Republican primary

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.[11]

Polls

Governor of Nevada
Poll Brian Sandoval * (R) Robert Goodman (D)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
53%28%6%13%+/-41,314
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

Past elections

2010

Governor of Nevada, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rory Reid 41.6% 298,171
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sandoval 53.4% 382,350
     Green David Scott Curtis 0.6% 4,437
     Libertarian Arthur Forrest Lampitt 0.7% 4,672
     Independent Eugene DiSimone 0.9% 6,403
     Independent Aaron Y. Honig 0.4% 3,216
     Independent Floyd Fitzgibbons 0.7% 5,049
     NA None 1.7% 12,231
Total Votes 716,529

Voter turnout

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.[14] 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.[15]

Quick facts

  • 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]
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 (%)
Alabama 1,200,000 33.5 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 290,000 55.3 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,550,000 34.4 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 875,000 41.2 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,750,000 31.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,025,000 53.0 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,089,880 42.3 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney general 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 150,000 30.3 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 5,951,561 42.7 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,575,000 38.2 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 366,125 36.2 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 440,000 39.1 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,550,000 39.5 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,350,000 28.0 Secretary of state 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,150,000 50.6 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 875,000 42.8 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,440,000 44.2 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 625,000 59.3 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,750,000 41.9 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,150,000 43.9 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,151,835 42.7 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 2,025,000 51.3 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 650,000 29.7 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,450,000 32.3 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 365,000 46.1 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 550,000 41.3 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 600,000 31.8 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 500,000 48.8 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,825,000 30.4 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 550,000 38.3 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,900,000 28.8 Governor 476,252 13.4
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
Ohio 3,150,000 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 825,000 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,500,000 52 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,500,000 36.1 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 325,000 41.7 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,246,301 34.8 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 279,412 44.5 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,400,000 29.1 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,750,000 28.5 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 550,000 28.8 Attorney general 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,200,000 36.7 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,050,000 41.6 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 460,000 31.8 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,425,000 56.9 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 38.7 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 82,596,338 36.4

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.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
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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References

  1. Las Vegas Sun, "Sandoval kicks off re-election bid with State of the State, budget," accessed January 16, 2013
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  5. Las Vegas Sun, "Sandoval kicks off re-election bid with State of the State, budget," January 16, 2013
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 Nevada Secretary of State, 2014 Filed Candidates, accessed March 17, 2014
  7. David Lory VanderBeek for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 26, 2013
  8. Las Vegas Sun, Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Announcement, November 7, 2013
  9. FOX News, "Nevada's governor shows Republican strength in states," June 22, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Politico, "In Nevada, nobody wins (sort-of)," June 11, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Greenfield Daily Reporter, "Robert Goodman wins Nevada's Democratic gubernatorial primary; will face Gov Brian Sandoval," June 11, 2014
  12. Fox News, 'Nevada Democrats select 'none of these candidates' in gubernatorial primary," June 11, 2014
  13. Nevada Legislature, "Elections," accessed June 11, 2014
  14. United States Elections Project, "2014 November General Election Turnout Rates," November 7, 2014
  15. TIME, "Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections Hits 72-Year Low," November 10, 2014
  16. PBS, "2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years," November 10, 2014
  17. U.S. News & World Report, "Midterm Turnout Down in 2014," November 5, 2014