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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

November 4 Election Winner:
Mark Amodei Republican Party
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 held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Rep. Mark Amodei (R) defeated Kristen Spees (D) and Janine Hansen (Independent American) in the general election.

Nevada's 2nd District was considered a safe Republican seat in 2014. Incumbent 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 had 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 election. In contrast, challenger Kristen Spees (D) had not filed with the FEC at all. The Cook Political Report further supported 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 was running in a more Republican district, she did not run as a staunch liberal, and instead cast herself as a moderate. On her campaign website, Spees described 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 was October 14, 2014.[11]

See also: Nevada elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was 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 contains part of Lyon County and the capital of Carson City.[12]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Election results

General election

U.S. House, Nevada District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Amodei Incumbent 65.7% 122,402
     Democratic Kristen Spees 27.9% 52,016
     Independent American Janine Hansen 6.3% 11,792
Total Votes 186,210
Source: Nevada Secretary of State

Primary election

U.S. House, Nevada District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKristen Spees 38.3% 8,206
Brian Dempsey 31.8% 6,804
Vance Alm 15.1% 3,225
Ed Lee 14.8% 3,164
Total Votes 21,399
Source: Nevada Secretary of State - Official Election Results

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

Kristen Spees

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Spees' reports.[25]

Kristen Spees (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[26]October 9, 2014$0.00$6,440.00$(4,343.98)$2,096.02
Pre-General[27]October 20, 2014$2,096.02$3,585.00$(2,749.63)$2,931.39
Running totals
$10,025$(7,093.61)

Brian Dempsey

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dempsey's reports.[28]

Brian Dempsey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 4, 2014$290.00$475.00$(425.44)$339.56
Running totals
$475$(425.44)

District history

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2012

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 (Independent American) in the general election.[30] The primary was held on June 12.[31]

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"

2011

On September 13, 2011, Mark Amodei was elected to the United States House via a special election. He defeated Kate Marshall (D).[32]

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

2010

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.[33]

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

References

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  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
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  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. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  23. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  24. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Kristen Spees Summary Report," accessed November 4, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Kristen Spees October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Kristen Spees Pre-General," accessed November 4, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Dempsey Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Dempsey April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  30. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nevada," accessed November 7, 2012
  31. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Congressional primary results," accessed May 5, 2014
  32. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, Silver State Election, "U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 (Official)"
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013