Nevada Attorney General election, 2014

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Nevada Attorney General Election

Primary Date:
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Adam Paul Laxalt Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Catherine Cortez Masto Democratic Party
Catherine Cortez Masto.jpg

Nevada State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller

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The Nevada Attorney General election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto (D) was first elected in 2006 and was not eligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

The race to replace Masto included current Secretary of State Ross Miller (D), attorney Adam Paul Laxalt (R) and independent candidate Jonathan Hansen. Miller was first elected as Nevada Secretary of State in 2006 and did not seek re-election to that office due to term limits. Laxalt is the son of former governor and U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt and prominent Republicans like Mitt Romney and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton supported his candidacy. Miller and Laxalt discussed their views on the issues during a debate in October summarized in the debates section linked here. Laxalt won election to a four-year term.

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.[1][2][3] The primary took place June 10, 2014. All candidates were uncontested.[4]


General election

Democratic Party Ross Miller[5][6]
Republican Party Adam Paul Laxalt Green check mark transparent.png[7]
Independent Jonathan Hansen[8]


Democratic Party Catherine Cortez Masto - Incumbent


General election

Attorney General of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Paul Laxalt 46.2% 251,379
     Democratic Ross Miller 45.3% 246,629
     Independent American Jonathan Hansen 5.6% 30,513
     Independent None of these candidates 2.9% 15,629
Total Votes 544,150
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.


October 10 debate

Ross Miller (D) and Adam Paul Laxalt (R) traded barbs during a debate recorded for Vegas PBS. Miller argued that his two terms as Nevada Secretary of State qualified him for the attorney general's office, given his experiences enforcing state election laws. He also jabbed at Laxalt for seeking the state's highest law enforcement position while lacking the legal experience to become a judge in Nevada. Laxalt cited his experience as a lawyer with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps and endorsements from county sheriffs in response to Miller.[9]

The debate featured a flurry of criticisms related to campaign finances and integrity between the two candidates. Laxalt claimed that Miller received $70,000 in gifts from special interests and asked what he gave them in return. Miller responded with veiled references to outside money spent on Laxalt's campaign and noted the transparency of his campaign's funding sources. The Center for Public Integrity reported in early October that Laxalt supporters had purchased $844,000 in campaign ad space while Miller's campaign purchased $690,000 of campaign ad space.[9]

Miller and Laxalt provided sharp retorts to campaign ad fodder from the early days of the general election. Miller stated that Laxalt's campaign was wrong to claim that Democratic operatives leaked a performance review from Laxalt's former employer indicating that he was a "train wreck." Laxalt used time during the debate to deny close connections with Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher whose supporters confronted federal officials in the spring over grazing rights.[9]


Attorney General of Nevada
Poll Adam Paul Laxalt (R) Ross Miller (D)Jonathan Hansen (I)Undecided/None of these candidatesMargin of ErrorSample Size
September 29-October 1, 2014
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Campaign media

Ross Miller

Ross Miller ad

Adam Paul Laxalt

Adam Paul Laxalt: Service

Past elections


Attorney General of Nevada, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Cortez Masto Incumbent 52.8% 372,011
     Republican Travis Barrick 35.7% 251,269
     American Independent Joel F. Hansen 7.8% 54,980
     Nonpartisan None of these candidates 3.7% 26,072
Total Votes 704,332


Attorney General of Nevada, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Cortez Masto 59% 339,465
     Republican Don Chairez 35.6% 204,816
     Nonpartisan None of these candidates 5.3% 30,694
Total Votes 574,975

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $4,482,886 during the election. This information was last updated on March 23, 2015.[10]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Adam Paul Laxalt Republican Party Nevada Attorney General Won $1,868,339
Ross Miller Democratic Party Nevada Attorney General Defeated $2,614,547
Jonathan Hansen Independent Nevada Attorney General Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $4,482,886

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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