Nevada Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Nevada Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

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

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The Nevada gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Brian Sandoval (R) is running for re-election.[1] The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

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]


General election

Defeated in the primary



Republican Primary

Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sandoval Incumbent 89.9% 105,826
Eddie Hamilton 3.2% 3,758
Gary Marinch 1% 1,195
William Tarbell 1.7% 1,966
Thomas Tighe 1.3% 1,495
None of these 3% 3,508
Total Votes 117,748
Election Results Via:Nevada Secretary of State.

Democratic Primary

Governor of Nevada, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Goodman 24.8% 17,950
Charles Chang 7.7% 5,617
Frederick Conquest 2.6% 1,866
Stephen Frye 11.4% 8,229
Chris Hyepock 6.5% 4,740
Allen Rheinhart 5% 3,605
John Rutledge 8.3% 6,038
Abdul Shabazz 3.8% 2,730
None of these candidates 30% 21,718
Total Votes 72,493
Election Results Via:Nevada Secretary of State.

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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 with 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]

It was clear that Nevada's Democratic Party struggled to find high-profile, credible candidates to face popular incumbent Brian 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 expressed they 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% of the vote. The candidate with the next highest vote total, Robert Goodman with 25%, will go on to face Sandoval in the general election. Goodman is a retired Economic Development commissioner from Las Vegas. [10]

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]

"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]

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