In Nevada State Senate, more Democrats than Republicans feel impact of term limits

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August 18, 2010

Terry Care, who is ineligible to run for Nevada State Senate because of term limits. Care has represented the Clark 7 District Seat B since 1998.

By Tyler King

Nevada voters approved Question 9A in 1996. Question 9A was a second vote on a term limits amendment first approved in 1994. Alone among the states with ballot initiatives, Nevada voters must approve a proposed constitutional amendment twice before it goes into the Nevada Constitution. The 1994 and 1996 votes cumulatively led to Paragraph 2 of Section 4 of Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution, which says, "No person may be elected or appointed as a Senator who has served in that Office, or at the expiration of his current term if he is so serving will have served, 12 years or more, from any district of this State." In 2010, the effects of Question 9A will impact more Democrats than Republicans.

Democratic state senators Bernice Mathews, Bob Coffin, Maggie Carlton, and Terry Care are ineligible to run for re-election to the Nevada State Senate in 2010, as is Republican state senator Maurice Washington.

Democrats hold a 5-seat advantage over Democrats going into the November 2 election, but the Republicans' chances of taking control of the chamber may be helped by the fact that Democrats are losing three more incumbents due to term limits.


Party As of November 2014
     Democratic Party 11
     Republican Party 10
Total 21


Louis Jacobson, a staff writer for PolitiFact, rates the Nevada State Senate as leaning toward Democrats resuming control of the senate. While the Republicans have a net gain of three seats from term limits, the Democratic majority still has a slight edge.[1]

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