Nevada's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Nevada's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Dina Titus Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Shelley Berkley Democratic Party
Shelley Berkley.jpg

Nevada U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Nevada held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Dina Titus (D) won election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, having defeated three challengers with 63% of the vote.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 16, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Nevada has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 12, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2012.[2]

See also: Nevada elections, 2012

Incumbent: Incumbent Shelley Berkley (D), who had occupied her seat since 1998, did not seek re-election to the House. She instead pursued a bid for the U.S. Senate.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Nevada's 1st Congressional District was located in the southern portion of the state and was centered around Las Vegas in Clark County.[4]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Dina TitusGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chris Edwards
Libertarian Party William Pojunis
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Stan Vaughan

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Independent American Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Nevada District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDina Titus 63.6% 113,967
     Republican Chris Edwards 31.5% 56,521
     Libertarian William Pojunis 2.6% 4,645
     Independent American Party of Nevada Stan Vaughan 2.3% 4,145
Total Votes 179,278
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Republican Primary

The primary was held on June 12.[7]

Nevada's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Edwards 48.2% 4,786
Brian Landsberger 18.1% 1,800
Charmaine Guss 15.5% 1,534
Miguel Rodrigues 11.7% 1,163
Herb Peters 6.5% 643
Total Votes 9,926

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Nevada

Nevada gained a congressional seat following the 2010 Census, bringing its total representatives to four. After the 2011 redistricting, the 1st District still covered the Las Vegas area.

Registration statistics

As of October 25, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Nevada Secretary of State:

Nevada Congressional District 1[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 204,425 105,290 53,692 45,443 Democratic 96.10% 16.75%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Nevada's 1st District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 62D / 38R
  • 2010: 61D / 39R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Nevada's 1st Congressional District had a PVI of D+11, which was the 92nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 66-34 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 59-41 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Shelley Berkley was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. She defeated Kenneth A. Wegner (R), Jonathan J. Hansen (Independent American), and Edward George Klapproth (Libertarian).[11]

United States House, Nevada General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Berkley Incumbent 61.7% 103,246
     Republican Kenneth A. Wegner 35.3% 58,995
     Independent American Jonathan J. Hansen 1.7% 2,847
     Libertarian Edward George Klapproth 1.3% 2,118
Total Votes 167,206

Campaign donors

Dina Titus

Dina Titus (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$326,197.70$244,706.32$(156,856.49)$414,047.53
Pre-primary[13]May 31, 2012$415,047.53$88,922.91$(158,160.42)$345,810.02
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$345,810.02$106,534.59$(82,082.80)$370,261.81
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$370,261.81$215,865.52$(451,041.73)$135,085.60
Running totals

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$0.00$142,920.00$(18,549.50)$124,370.50
Pre-primary[17]May 31, 2012$124,370.50$2,311.00$(24,033.70)$102,647.80
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2012$102,647.80$1,370.00$(12,582.07)$91,435.73
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2012$91,435.73$24,306.00$(21,693.38)$94,048.35
Running totals

See also


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nevada," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. Nevada Secretary of State, "Important Election Dates," accessed July 26, 2012
  3. The Hill, "Rep. Berkley to run for the Senate," accessed December 16, 2011
  4. Nevada Redistricting Map, "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
  5. Las Vegas Review-Journal "Titus to announce new bid for Congress," accessed December 16, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Clark County Website "Candidate Filing" March 19, 2012
  7. Nevada Secretary of State, "Official Results of the 2012 Primary Election," accessed October 7, 2014
  8. Nevada Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 18, 2012
  9. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Nevada," September 2012
  10. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Dina Titus April Quarterly," accessed July 2, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Dina Titus Pre-primary," accessed October 18, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Dina Titus July Quarterly," accessed October 18, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Dina Titus October Quarterly," accessed October 18, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Edwards April Quarterly," accessed July 2, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Edwards Pre-primary," accessed October 18, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Edwards July Quarterly," accessed October 18, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Edwards October Quarterly," accessed October 18, 2012