Nevada Attorney General election, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014
Adam Paul Laxalt
Catherine Cortez Masto
Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General
The race to replace Masto included current Secretary of State Ross Miller (D), attorney Adam Paul Laxalt (R) and independent candidate Jonathan Hansen. Miller was first elected as Nevada Secretary of State in 2006 and did not seek re-election to that office due to term limits. Laxalt is the son of former governor and U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt and prominent Republicans like Mitt Romney and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton supported his candidacy. Miller and Laxalt discussed their views on the issues during a debate in October summarized in the debates section linked here. Laxalt won election to a four-year term.
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. The primary took place June 10, 2014. All candidates were uncontested.
Catherine Cortez Masto - Incumbent
|Attorney General of Nevada, 2014|
|Republican||Adam Paul Laxalt||46.2%||251,539|
|Independent American||Jonathan Hansen||5.6%||30,530|
|Independent||None of these candidates||2.9%||15,643|
|Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.|
October 10 debate
Ross Miller (D) and Adam Paul Laxalt (R) traded barbs during a debate recorded for Vegas PBS. Miller argued that his two terms as Nevada Secretary of State qualified him for the attorney general's office, given his experiences enforcing state election laws. He also jabbed at Laxalt for seeking the state's highest law enforcement position while lacking the legal experience to become a judge in Nevada. Laxalt cited his experience as a lawyer with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps and endorsements from county sheriffs in response to Miller.
The debate featured a flurry of criticisms related to campaign finances and integrity between the two candidates. Laxalt claimed that Miller received $70,000 in gifts from special interests and asked what he gave them in return. Miller responded with veiled references to outside money spent on Laxalt's campaign and noted the transparency of his campaign's funding sources. The Center for Public Integrity reported in early October that Laxalt supporters had purchased $844,000 in campaign ad space while Miller's campaign purchased $690,000 of campaign ad space.
Miller and Laxalt provided sharp retorts to campaign ad fodder from the early days of the general election. Miller stated that Laxalt's campaign was wrong to claim that Democratic operatives leaked a performance review from Laxalt's former employer indicating that he was a "train wreck." Laxalt used time during the debate to deny close connections with Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher whose supporters confronted federal officials in the spring over grazing rights.
|Attorney General of Nevada|
|Poll||Adam Paul Laxalt (R)||Ross Miller (D)||Jonathan Hansen (I)||Undecided/None of these candidates||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
September 29-October 1, 2014
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
Adam Paul Laxalt
|Attorney General of Nevada, 2010|
|Democratic||Catherine Cortez Masto Incumbent||52.8%||372,011|
|American Independent||Joel F. Hansen||7.8%||54,980|
|Nonpartisan||None of these candidates||3.7%||26,072|
|Attorney General of Nevada, 2006|
|Democratic||Catherine Cortez Masto||59%||339,465|
|Nonpartisan||None of these candidates||5.3%||30,694|
|January 6, 2014||First day of candidate filing|
|January 17, 2014||Last day of candidate filing|
|July 10, 2014||Primary election|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|November 25, 2014||Certification of election results|
|January 5, 2015||Inauguration day for state executive officials|
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- Nevada Attorney General
- Nevada state executive official elections, 2014
- State executive official elections, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Nevada Secretary of State, "Silver State Election Night Results 2014," accessed June 10, 2014
- RGJ.com, "Ross Miller: A prince who would be king," January 10, 2013
- Review Journal, Barlow considering run for state controller, July 22, 2013
- Reno Gazette-Journal "Adam Paul Laxalt expected to announce he's running for attorney general; His first news conference may prove uncomfortable," January 17, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State, 2014 Filed Candidates, accessed March 18, 2014
- Las Vegas Sun, "Nevada AG candidates trade charges during debate," November 10, 2014
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