Nevada Secretary of State election, 2014

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Nevada Secretary of State Election

Primary Date:
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Barbara Cegavske Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ross Miller Democratic Party
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The Nevada Secretary of State election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Ross Miller (D) was first elected in 2006 and was ineligible to seek re-election in 2014.

The race to replace Miller included Republican candidate Barbara Cegavske and Democratic State Treasurer Kate Marshall. Cegavske won election to a four-year term. Cegavske and Marshall debated elections issues including campaign finance and voter ID during an October debate summarized in the debates section. The past elections section linked here shows that Democrats saw an increased margin of victory from 2006 to 2010.

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.[1][2][3] The primary took place June 10, 2014. All candidates were uncontested.[4]


General election

Republican Party Barbara Cegavske Green check mark transparent.png[5]
Democratic Party Kate Marshall[6]


Democratic Party Ross Miller - Incumbent


General election

Secretary of State of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Cegavske 50.4% 273,720
     Democratic Kate Marshall 46.1% 250,612
     Independent None of these candidates 3.5% 18,778
Total Votes 543,110
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.


October 3 debate

Barbara Cegavske (R) and Kate Marshall (D) differed over campaign finance laws, voter ID and same-day voter registration during a debate on Vegas PBS. Marshall criticized Cegavske for failing to spearhead campaign finance and ethics reform during her time in the Nevada State Senate. Cegavske argued that Democrats have held the Nevada State Legislature in recent sessions and failed to pursue campaign finance reforms. Marshall countered that Cegavske was the chair of the Senate Legislative Operations and Election Committee in 2005 and voted against a 2013 proposal for significant reform. Cegavske noted that her committee reviewed hundreds of proposals but committee members blocked most bills due to concerns for their respective parties.[7]

The debate highlighted stark differences between Cegavske and Marshall over voter ID and same-day voter registration. Cegavske supported voter ID during the debate while Marshall opposed an ID requirement due to the potential for disenfranchisement. Marshall argued on behalf of same-day registration at voting locations to increase turnout. Cegavske expressed concern that same-day registration might not be feasible as elections officials would need to verify citizenship and residency on short timetables.[7]


Nevada Secretary of State
Poll Barbara Cegavske (R) Kate Marshall (D)Undecided/None of these candidatesMargin of ErrorSample Size
September 29-October 1, 2014
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Past elections


Nevada Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Miller Incumbent 53.2% 374,086
     Republican Rob Lauer 37.3% 262,222
     American Independent John Wagner 6% 42,178
     Independent None of these candidates 3.6% 25,027
Total Votes 703,513


Nevada Secretary of State, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Miller 48.7% 279,510
     Republican Danny Tarkanian 40.6% 232,705
     Reform Janine Hansen 6.8% 38,757
     Independent None of these candidates 4% 22,666
Total Votes 573,638

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $1,407,955 during the election. This information was last updated on March 23, 2015.[8]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Barbara Cegavske Republican Party Nevada Secretary of State Won $485,300
Kate Marshall Democratic Party Nevada Secretary of State Defeated $922,655
Grand Total Raised $1,407,955

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
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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