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Nevada senate incumbents face challengers on ballot

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August 12, 2010

By Melissa Garcia

In the Nevada State Senate, a state with term limits, incumbents face many new challengers 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 8 seats up for election. Incumbents are running for re-election in 3 of those seats. Of the 3 seats where an incumbent is running, all of them face primary and general election challenge (1 Democrat and 2 Republicans). Incumbents Maggie Carlton (D), Terry Care (D), Bob Coffin (D), Stan Olsen (R), Bernice Mathews (D), and Maurice Washington (R) are not seeking re-election due to term limits.

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

Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 11
     Republican Party 10
Total 21

According to Louis Jacobson, a political analyst with Governing magazine, the Nevada Senate leans 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 4 2 TBD TBD
Incumbents facing primary 0 1 TBD TBD
Incumbents running unopposed in primary and general 0 0 TBD TBD

See also