Nevada senate incumbents face challengers on ballot
By Melissa Garcia
In the Nevada State Senate, a state with term limits, incumbents face many new challengers on the ballot in this fall's election, according to a Ballotpedia analysis.
According to the data, states with term limits have a much higher rate of turnover than non-term limited states. Nationwide, 18 percent of seats are considered open -- where there is no incumbent running for re-election. But in states with term limits, that number jumps to 48.51 percent. In states without term limits, only 13.78 percent of seats are open.
In Nevada, there are 8 seats up for election. Incumbents are running for re-election in 3 of those seats. Of the 3 seats where an incumbent is running, all of them face primary and general election challenge (1 Democrat and 2 Republicans). Incumbents Maggie Carlton (D), Terry Care (D), Bob Coffin (D), Stan Olsen (R), Bernice Mathews (D), and Maurice Washington (R) are not seeking re-election due to term limits.
The Democrats have the majority in the Senate right now (see below) .
|Party||As of April 2015|
According to Louis Jacobson, a political analyst with Governing magazine, the Nevada Senate leans Democrat.
Across the country, only 21.44% of all incumbents are facing a challenge in the primary.
Nationwide, more Democrat incumbents are not running for re-election than Republicans. Additionally, more Democrats are facing primary opposition.
|Category||Democrats in Nevada||Republicans in Nevada||Democrats nationwide||Republicans nationwide|
|Incumbent seats open||4||2||TBD||TBD|
|Incumbents facing primary||0||1||TBD||TBD|
|Incumbents running unopposed in primary and general||0||0||TBD||TBD|