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Nevada assembly incumbents dominate ballot

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August 12, 2010

By Melissa Garcia

In the Nevada State Assembly, a state with term limits, incumbents factor heavily on the ballot in this fall's election, according to a Ballotpedia analysis.

According to the data, states with term limits have a much higher rate of turnover than non-term limited states. Nationwide, 18 percent of seats are considered open -- where there is no incumbent running for re-election. But in states with term limits, that number jumps to 48.51 percent. In states without term limits, only 13.78 percent of seats are open.

In Nevada, there are 42 seats up for election. Incumbents are running for re-election in 23 of those seats. Of the 23 seats where an incumbent is running, only 4 of them face primary and general election challenge (1 Democrats and 3 Republicans). Eighteen incumbents (12 Democrats and 6 Republicans) are not seeking re-election due to term limits.

The Democrats have the majority in the Assembly right now (see below).

Party As of February 2015
     Democratic Party 15
     Republican Party 27
Total 42

According to Louis Jacobson, a political analyst with Governing magazine, the Nevada Senate is ranked likely Democrat.[1]

Across the country, only 21.44% of all incumbents are facing a challenge in the primary.

Partisan incumbents

Nationwide, more Democrat incumbents are not running for re-election than Republicans. Additionally, more Democrats are facing primary opposition.

Category Democrats in Nevada Republicans in Nevada Democrats nationwide Republicans nationwide
Incumbent seats open 12 7 TBD TBD
Incumbents facing primary 1 3 TBD TBD
Incumbents running unopposed in primary and general 0 0 TBD TBD

See also