Nevada's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Nevada's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Amodei Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]

Nevada U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Nevada will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Nevada's 2nd District is considered a safe Republican seat in 2014. Incumbent Mark Amodei (R) was elected in a special election in 2011, and then won re-election in 2012 with a margin of victory of 21.4 percent over Democratic challenger Samuel Koepnick.[4] In 2014, Amodei has an enormous advantage in terms of campaign finances, as reported by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). As of the 2014 April Quarterly filings, Amodei had $254,495.39 in cash on hand, and had already spent $271,315.55 on the elecion. In contrast, challenger Kristen Spees (D) had not filed with the FEC at all. The Cook Political Report further supports the prediction of a Republican victory, rating Amodei's seat as "Solid Republican."[5]

Amodei ran uncontested in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014. In contrast, Spees competed in the Democratic primary against three other candidates. Out of these three candidates, only Brian Dempsey came close to matching Spees' vote totals.[6] As Spees is running in a more Republican district, she is not running as a staunch liberal, and is instead casting herself as a moderate. On her campaign website, Spees describes herself as "Moderate-Trustworthy-Accountable."[7]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 14, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[8][9][10]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014.[11]

See also: Nevada elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Mark Amodei (R), who was first elected in 2011.

Nevada's 2nd Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state and includes the counties of Washoe, Storey, Douglas, Churchill, Lander, Eureka and Eiko. It also contained part of Lyon County and the capital of Carson City.[12]


General election candidates

June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Nevada District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKristen Spees 38.4% 8,205
Brian Dempsey 31.8% 6,799
Vance Alm 15.1% 3,221
Ed Lee 14.8% 3,163
Total Votes 21,388
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[13] Amodei joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[14][15]

Campaign contributions

Mark Amodei

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Amodei's reports.[16]

Mark Amodei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$188,551$24,650$(42,995)$170,205
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$170,205$20,750$(29,313)$161,641
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$161,641$78,550$(28,365)$211,826
Year-End Quarterly[20]December 31, 2013$211,826$72,321$(51,607)$231,539
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$231,539.94$141,991.00$(119,035.55)$254,495.39
Running totals

Brian Dempsey

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dempsey's reports.[22]

Brian Dempsey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 4, 2014$290.00$475.00$(425.44)$339.56
Running totals

District history

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The 2nd Congressional District of Nevada held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Mark Amodei (R) won re-election. He defeated Samuel Koepnick (D), Michael L. Haines (I), and Russell Best (AI) in the general election.[24] The primary was held on June 12.[25]

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"


On September 13, 2011, Mark Amodei was elected to the United States House via a special election. He defeated Kate Marshall (D).[26]

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


On November 2, 2010, Dean Heller won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Nancy Price (D) and Russell Best (Independent American) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, Nevada, District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Heller incumbent 63.3% 169,458
     Democratic Nancy Price 32.7% 87,421
     Independent American Russell Best 4% 10,829
Total Votes 267,708

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Official Election Results," accessed July 3, 2014
  5. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 1, 2014
  6. Associated Press, "Nevada - Summary Vote Results," accessed July 3, 2014
  7. Kristen Spees for Congress, "Home," accessed July 3, 2014
  8. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  9. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  10. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  11. Long Distance Voter, "Voter Registration Rules," accessed January 3, 2014
  12. Nevada Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  13. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Amodei 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  17. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  18. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  19. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  20. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  21. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Dempsey Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Dempsey April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  24. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nevada"
  25. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Congressional primary results," accessed May 5, 2014
  26. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, Silver State Election, "U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 (Official)"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013