Nevada's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Nevada's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mark Amodei Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Amodei Republican Party
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Nevada U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Nevada held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Incumbent Mark Amodei (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012 defeating three challengers with 58% 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: Heading into the election the incumbent was Mark Amodei (R), who was first elected to the House in a 2011 special election and won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Nevada's 2nd Congressional District was located in the northern portion of the state and included the counties of Washoe, Storey, Douglas, Churchill, Lander, Eureka, and Eiko. It also contained part of Lyon County and the capital of Carson City.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Samuel Koepnick
Republican Party Mark AmodeiGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Michael L. Haines
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Russell Best

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent Candidate

Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Independent American Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Nevada District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Samuel Koepnick 36.2% 102,019
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Amodei Incumbent 57.6% 162,213
     Independent Michael L. Haines 4% 11,166
     Independent American Party of Nevada Russel Best 2.1% 6,051
Total Votes 281,449
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Democratic Primary

The primary was held on June 12, 2012.[6]

Nevada's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Koepnick 40.5% 8,865
Xiomara Rodriguez 33.8% 7,404
Sam Dehne 25.6% 5,604
Total Votes 21,873

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 2nd District still covered the northern Nevada area, but roughly half of its territory made up the new 4th District.

Registration statistics

As of October 25, 2012, District 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Nevada Secretary of State:

Nevada Congressional District 2[7]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 2 329,477 113,171 144,566 71,740 Republican 27.74% 7.27%
"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 2nd District became less Republican because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 47D / 53R
  • 2010: 46D / 54R

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 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of R+5, which was the 185th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 51-49 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 percent over John Kerry (D).[9]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On September 13, 2011, Mark Amodei was elected to the United States House via a special election. He defeated Kate Marshall (D).[10]

United States House, Nevada Special Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Amodei 61.6% 75,180
     Democratic Kate Marshall 38.4% 46,818
Total Votes 121,998

Campaign donors

Mark Amodei

Mark Amodei (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$57,111.76$53,016.13$(21,025.22)$89,102.67
Pre-primary[12]June 1, 2012$89,102.67$57,325.00$(21,681.02)$124,746.65
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$124,746.65$60,722.00$(30,685.49)$154,783.16
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2012$154,783.16$208,330.00$(120,538.74)$242,574.42
Running totals

Samuel Koepnick

No reports were available from the FEC as of October 18, 2012.[15]

See also