Nevada State Senate elections, 2014

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Nevada State Senate elections, 2014

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The battle for the Nevada State Senate hangs on one seat. That seat could very well be in District 9, in a potentially close race between Becky Harris (R) and Justin Jones (D). Jones won it by only 301 votes in 2012 after Elizabeth Halseth (R) resigned halfway through her term.[1][2]

There are only 21 seats in the Senate, with the Democratic Party holding the slight majority.

While even a Republican win will leave the Democrats in control of the General Assembly, it would give the party veto power. Republicans are hoping Jones' vote in favor of requiring background checks for private gun sales will sway voters to pick Harris.[3]

Harris said she did not expect to receive national attention, and decided to run because people encouraged her to do so. She said:

I had no idea when I got into this race that it would be the kind of race where national politicians are looking at what happens in the Nevada State Legislature.[4]

—Becky Harris, [1]

Another key race is the one for District 8, where incumbent Barbara Cegavske (R) is termed out and running for Nevada secretary of state. The district leans Democratic. Assemblywoman Marilyn Dondero Loop (D) is facing Patricia Farley (R) for the district.[5]

The Nevada State Senate is one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. The Nevada Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republicans of one seat, which amounts to 9 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. Two major party candidates are running for seven, or about 64 percent, of the 11 seats up for election. In 2012, a total of five districts were competitive, with a margin of victory was 5 percent or less.

Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014.

Incumbents retiring

One incumbent, Barbara Cegavske (R) in District 8, is not seeking re-election due to term limits.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Nevada State Senate:

Nevada State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 11 Pending
     Republican Party 10 Pending
Total 21 21

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Senate, a candidate must be:[6]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A one-year resident of Nevada preceding the election
  • A resident for 30 days of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • A qualified election. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Nevada for at least 6 months prior to the next election, and 30 days in the district or county
* At least 18 years old by the next election
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In four (36.36%) of the 11 senate seats up for election, there is only one major party candidate running for election. Two Democrats and two Republicans are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in seven (63.63%) of the 11 districts up for election. One of those seats, District 9, held a competitive election in 2012 with a margin of victory ranging from zero to five percent. Incumbent Justin Jones (D) will face Becky Harris (R), the winner of a four-way primary. Jones won by a margin of victory of one point in 2012.

Primary challenges

Two incumbents faced primary competition on June 10. One incumbent is not seeking re-election in 2014 and another eight incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition included:

Context

A Ballotpedia analysis of partisan balance between 1992 and 2013 shows that Democrats held the Senate for the last six years while the Republicans were the majority for the first 16 years.

The Nevada State Senate has been identified by Louis Jacobson of Governing magazine as one of 17 chambers that is "vulnerable to a change in control in November". Jacobson rated the state senate contest in Nevada as a "tossup" as of late June. It is one of four state senates currently held by a Democratic Party majority that Jacobson rates as tossups; the others being Colorado, Iowa and New York.[7]

Races to Watch

The Senate districts being targeted by Democrats and Republicans are District 8, District 9 and District 20. If the GOP would happen to win all three, Republicans would regain control of the chamber, 11 seats to 10. Democrats would have to win just one seat to maintain the status quo, or 11-10 control of the Senate chamber.[5] The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) announced in July that it would be targeting both the Nevada Senate and Assembly. It put Nevada on its list of "Sweet 16 targets" to flip legislative control to Republican. The RLCC did not specify how much money would be spent in Nevada or elsewhere, but the amount is expected to be substantial.[8]

Democrats have the opportunity to win District 8, where incumbent Barbara Cegavske (R) is termed out and running for Nevada secretary of state. Running in the Democratic-leaning district is Assemblywoman Marilyn Dondero Loop (D). Dondero Loop has the support of her party, while the Senate Republican Caucus has endorsed candidate Patricia Farley (R) for the district. Farley and Dondero Loop both defeated primary challengers on June 10.[5]

Incumbent Justin Jones (D) of District 9 ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, but is expected to face tough competition in the general election from attorney Becky Harris (R). Jones won election in 2012 by only 301 votes. He is expected to be targeted by in-state and out-of-state Second Amendment groups, and could be in danger of losing his seat. In 2013, Jones angered many gun-rights conservatives during his first year in office, when he pushed for gun control legislation. The Senate Republican caucus endorsed Harris, who defeated Ron Quilang, Vick Gill and David Schoen in the June 10 Republican primary.[5][9]

Incumbent Michael Roberson (R) of District 20 will face Teresa Lowry (D) in the general election. Roberson is favored to win, but Republicans will need to retain District 20 and District 8 and gain the Democratic seat in District 9 to overtake the Senate.[8]

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on September 16, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 2

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Mo Denis Approveda - Incumbent Denis first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Constitution Party June 10 Independent American primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

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Democratic Party Mo Denis
Constitution Party Louis Baker

District 8

Note: Incumbent Barbara Cegavske (R), who is not seeking re-election due to term limits, is running for Secretary of State.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
Constitution Party June 10 Independent American primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marilyn Dondero Loop
Republican Party Patricia Farley
Constitution Party Jon Kamerath

District 9

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Justin Jones Approveda - Incumbent Justin Jones first assumed office in 2013.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Justin Jones
Republican Party Becky Harris

District 10

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Ruben Kihuen Approveda - Incumbent Kihuen first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party June 10 Libertarian primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ruben Kihuen
Libertarian Party Ed Uehling

District 12

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Joseph Hardy Approveda - Incumbent Hardy first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joseph Hardy

District 13

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Debbie Smith Approveda - Incumbent Smith first assumed office in 2013.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
Constitution Party June 10 Independent American primary:

Note: Diana Leung Squillante withdrew before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Debbie Smith
Republican Party Thomas Koziol

District 14

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Don Gustavson Approveda - Incumbent Gustavson first assumed office in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Hunt
Republican Party Don Gustavson

District 16

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
Constitution Party June 10 Independent American primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Kelley
Republican Party Ben Kieckhefer
Constitution Party John Everhart

District 17

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party James Settelmeyer

District 20

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Teresa Lowry
Republican Party Michael Roberson

District 21

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Mark Manendo Approveda - Incumbent Manendo first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Manendo
Republican Party Ron McGinnis

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