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Nevada's state senators are elected to a 4-year term that begins on the first day after the November election.<ref>[http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=1178 Features of Nevada's 2010 elections.  See p. 31]</ref>
 
Nevada's state senators are elected to a 4-year term that begins on the first day after the November election.<ref>[http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=1178 Features of Nevada's 2010 elections.  See p. 31]</ref>
  
The incumbent senator ran for re-election in 3 of the 11 state senate seats that are up for re-election in 2010. Of the remaining 8 districts, 5 incumbents were not eligible because of term limits. There are also 2 vacant districts -- Capital and Washoe 4 -- which were previously occupied by term-limited senators.
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The incumbent senator ran for re-election in 3 of the 11 state senate seats that are up for re-election in 2010. Of the remaining 8 districts, 5 incumbents were not eligible because of term limits. There were also 2 vacant districts -- Capital and Washoe 4 -- which were previously occupied by term-limited senators.
  
 
: ''See also: [[Nevada State Senate]]'' and ''[[State legislative elections, 2010]]''
 
: ''See also: [[Nevada State Senate]]'' and ''[[State legislative elections, 2010]]''
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2010 is the first year that some [[Nevada State Senator]]s were ineligible to run for office because of the term limits law first passed in 1994.
 
2010 is the first year that some [[Nevada State Senator]]s were ineligible to run for office because of the term limits law first passed in 1994.
  
Nevada voters approved [[Nevada Term Limits Initiative (1996)|Question 9A in 1996]]. Question 9A was a second vote on a [[Nevada Term Limit Measure (1994)|term limits amendment first approved in 1994]].  Alone among the states with [[ballot initiative]]s, Nevada voters must approve a proposed constitutional amendment twice before it goes into the [[Nevada Constitution]].  The 1994 and 1996 votes cumulatively led to [[Article 4, Nevada Constitution#Section 4|Paragraph 2 of Section 4 of Article 4]] of the [[Nevada Constitution]], which says, "No person may be elected or appointed as a Senator who has served in that Office, or at the expiration of his current term if he is so serving will have served, 12 years or more, from any district of this State."
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Nevada voters approved [[Nevada State and Local Public Officer Term Limits, Question 9A (1996)|Question 9A in 1996]]. Question 9A was a second vote on a [[Nevada State and Local Public Officer Term Limits, Question 9 (1994)|term limits amendment first approved in 1994]].  Alone among the states with [[ballot initiative]]s, Nevada voters must approve a proposed constitutional amendment twice before it goes into the [[Nevada Constitution]].  The 1994 and 1996 votes cumulatively led to [[Article 4, Nevada Constitution#Section 4|Paragraph 2 of Section 4 of Article 4]] of the [[Nevada Constitution]], which says, "No person may be elected or appointed as a Senator who has served in that Office, or at the expiration of his current term if he is so serving will have served, 12 years or more, from any district of this State."
  
Altogether, there are 21 [[Nevada State Senator]]s.  In 2010, five of them who are [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]] were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  In addition, two former Republican state senators ([[Mark Amodei]] and [[Randolph Townsend]]) who resigned earlier in 2010 are or would have been ineligible had they stayed in office.
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Altogether, there are 21 [[Nevada State Senator]]s.  In 2010, five of them who were [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]] were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  In addition, two former Republican state senators ([[Mark Amodei]] and [[Randolph Townsend]]) who resigned earlier in 2010 are or would have been ineligible had they stayed in office.
  
Ineligible current state senators are:  
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Nevada state senators whose seats were up for election in 2010 but who were unable to run because of the state's term limits are:  
  
 
'''Democrats (4):'''
 
'''Democrats (4):'''
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In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $4,320,019 in campaign contributions.  The top 10 donors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=NV&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Nevada Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
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| Nevada Association of Realtors
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| Boyd Gaming
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| Las Vegas Sands Corp
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| R & S Investment Properties
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| Nevada State Education Association
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| South Point Hotel & Casino
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| Move Nevada Forward PAC
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| Sunrise Healthcare System
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:''“Organizations or individuals that contribute $25,000 or more will receive a private dinner with the Senate majority leader and chairs of all the standing committees,” the email solicitation says. “The dinner will permit up to 10 invited guests to accompany the Victory Leadership Circle Member.''
 
:''“Organizations or individuals that contribute $25,000 or more will receive a private dinner with the Senate majority leader and chairs of all the standing committees,” the email solicitation says. “The dinner will permit up to 10 invited guests to accompany the Victory Leadership Circle Member.''
 
As of the 2010 election, Democrats held a 12-9 advantage in the [[Nevada State Senate|Senate]]. If they pick up two more seats in the [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010 election]], they will have a veto-proof 14 seats.<ref>[http://www.nevadanewsbureau.com/2010/08/17/nevada-senate-democrats-offer-access-in-exchange-for-pac-contributions-gop-criticizes-%E2%80%98pay-to-play%E2%80%9D/ Nevada Senate Democrats offer access in exchange for PAC contributions]</ref>
 
 
  
 
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===Capital===
 
===Capital===
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===Washoe 4===
 
===Washoe 4===
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'''Note:''' This seat was vacant prior to the November 2, 2010 general election.
  
 
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==References==
 
==References==
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{{Nevada State Senators}}

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Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

Majority controlCampaign contributions

QualificationsCompetitiveness analysis

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List of candidates
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Nevada State Senate
Nevada State Senate elections were held in 11 of Nevada's 21 senate districts on November 2, 2010. The 11 districts where electoral contests took place in 2010 are: Capital, Clark 2, Clark 5(B), Clark 7(B), Clark 8, Clark 9, Clark 10, Clark 12, Washoe 1, Washoe 2, Washoe 4.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 12, 2010 and the primary election day was June 8, 2010.

Nevada's state senators are elected to a 4-year term that begins on the first day after the November election.[1]

The incumbent senator ran for re-election in 3 of the 11 state senate seats that are up for re-election in 2010. Of the remaining 8 districts, 5 incumbents were not eligible because of term limits. There were also 2 vacant districts -- Capital and Washoe 4 -- which were previously occupied by term-limited senators.

See also: Nevada State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Barbara Cegavske
  2. Ben Kieckhefer
  3. Don Gustavson
  4. Elizabeth Halseth
  5. James Settelmeyer
  6. Joseph Hardy
  7. Mark Manendo
  8. Michael Roberson
  9. Moises Denis
  10. Ruben Kihuen
  11. Sheila Leslie

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Nevada State Senate:

Nevada State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 12 11
     Republican Party 7 10
     Vacancy 2 -
Total 21 21


Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

2010 is the first year that some Nevada State Senators were ineligible to run for office because of the term limits law first passed in 1994.

Nevada voters approved Question 9A in 1996. Question 9A was a second vote on a term limits amendment first approved in 1994. Alone among the states with ballot initiatives, Nevada voters must approve a proposed constitutional amendment twice before it goes into the Nevada Constitution. The 1994 and 1996 votes cumulatively led to Paragraph 2 of Section 4 of Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution, which says, "No person may be elected or appointed as a Senator who has served in that Office, or at the expiration of his current term if he is so serving will have served, 12 years or more, from any district of this State."

Altogether, there are 21 Nevada State Senators. In 2010, five of them who were current members were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. In addition, two former Republican state senators (Mark Amodei and Randolph Townsend) who resigned earlier in 2010 are or would have been ineligible had they stayed in office.

Nevada state senators whose seats were up for election in 2010 but who were unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (4):


Republicans (1):


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Nevada in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 44 $4,320,019
2008 32 $4,595,155
2006 23 $4,617,882
2004 39 $4,452,213
2002 25 $2,878,156

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $4,320,019 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [3]

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Leadership Conference $75,000
Senate Republican Leaders Fund $65,000
Nevada Association of Realtors $63,500
Boyd Gaming $53,000
Las Vegas Sands Corp $52,500
R & S Investment Properties $50,500
Nevada State Education Association $47,500
South Point Hotel & Casino $47,500
Move Nevada Forward PAC $46,500
Sunrise Healthcare System $46,250


"Pay to play" controversy

In August 2010, Senate Majority leader Steven Horsford sent an email to potential contributors to Democratic candidates in 2010, offering access to himself and Senate leadership in exchange for cash donations. State Republican Party Chairman Mark Amodei criticized the email that appeared to imply regular legislators would not be allowed meetings with legislators unless they "payed to play." According to the email:

“Organizations or individuals that contribute $25,000 or more will receive a private dinner with the Senate majority leader and chairs of all the standing committees,” the email solicitation says. “The dinner will permit up to 10 invited guests to accompany the Victory Leadership Circle Member.

Incumbency

Primary challenges

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

One incumbent faced competition in the June 8 primary.

Retiring incumbents

Six incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while three incumbents (33.33%) ran for re-election. Of the six incumbents who are not running for re-election, four are Democrats and two are Republican.

Incumbents who are retiring are:

  • District 2: Incumbent Democrat Maggie Carlton. - Ineligible due to term limits.
  • District 7: Incumbent Democrat Terry Care. - Ineligible due to term limits.
  • District 10: Incumbent Democrat Bob Coffin. - Ineligible due to term limits.
  • District 12: Incumbent Republican Stan Olsen.
  • District Washoe 1: Incumbent Democrat Bernice Mathews. - Ineligible due to term limits.
  • District Washoe 2: Incumbent Republican Maurice Washington. - Ineligible due to term limits.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Senate, a candidate must be:[4]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A one-year resident of Nevada preceding the election
  • A resident for 30 days of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • A qualified election. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Nevada for at least 6 months prior to the next election, and 30 days in the district or county
* At least 18 years old by the next election

Filing fee

Any person intending to run for a seat in the Nevada Senate must file a declaration of candidacy with the county clerk's office of the county in which he or she resides or with the Office of Nevada Secretary of State.

Candidates must pay a filing fee. The fee is $100.

List of candidates

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Capital

Note: This seat was vacant prior to the November 2, 2010 general election.

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 8 Independent American Party primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin Ranft: 11,705
Republican Party James Arnold Settlemeyer: 26,466 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Cody Quirk: 1,999

Clark 2

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.
Note: Incumbent Democrat Maggie Carlton did not run for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Moises Denis: 7,264 Green check mark transparent.png

Clark 5(B)

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joyce Woodhouse: 35,638
Republican Party Michael Roberson: 38,401 Green check mark transparent.png

Clark 7(B)

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Terry Care did not run for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Manendo: 24,846 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Anthony Wright: 13,131

Clark 8

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tammy Peterson: 13,573
Republican Party Barbara Cegavske: 17,127 Green check mark transparent.png

Clark 9

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Benny Yerushalmi: 37,152
Republican Party Elizabeth Halseth: 41,658 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Tom Jones: 4,575

Clark 10

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Henry Tyler: 583 Approveda
  • Dallas Augustine: 517
  • Billy Soloe: 266
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:
Note: Incumbent Democrat Bob Coffin did not run for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ruben Kihuen: 8,397 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Henry Tyler: 3,438
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Glenn Brown: 808

Clark 12

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Joseph Hardy: 8,043 Approveda
  • Patrick McNaught: 5,839
  • Steve Sanson: 865
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:
Note: Incumbent Republican Stan Olsen did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Aaron Ford: 23,520
Republican Party Joseph Hardy: 35,210 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Richard Wayne O'Dell: 2,022

Washoe 1

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party June 8 Libertarian primary result:
Note: Incumbent Democrat Bernice Mathews did not run for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sheila Leslie: 11,070 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Philip Salerno: 5,769
Libertarian Party Thomas Cornell: 1,001

Washoe 2

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Republican Maurice Washington did not run for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Allison Edwards: 18,432
Republican Party Don Gustavson: 25,559 Green check mark transparent.png

Washoe 4

Note: This seat was vacant prior to the November 2, 2010 general election.

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Ben Kieckhefer: 5,458 Approveda
  • Ty Cobb: 4,880
  • Todd Bailey: 1,599
  • Frank L. Wright: 1,087
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ben Kieckhefer: 27,314 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada M. K. Yochum: 9,654

See also

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