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Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

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Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 1District 3District 4District 5 (A)District 6District 7 (A)District 9District 11District 13District 15District 18District 19
Nevada State Senate2012 Nevada House Elections
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate were held in Nevada on November 6, 2012. A total of 12 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 16, 2012. The primary election day was June 12, 2012.

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Allison Copening Electiondot.png Democratic Clark 6
Dean Rhoads Ends.png Republican Northern Nevada
Michael Schneider Electiondot.png Democratic Clark 11
Mike McGinness Ends.png Republican Central Nevada
Shirley Breeden Electiondot.png Democratic Clark 5
Steven Horsford Electiondot.png Democratic Clark 4
Valerie Wiener Electiondot.png Democratic Clark 3

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Nevada State Senate:

Nevada State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 11
     Republican Party 9 10
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 21 21


Term limits

Mike McGinness represented the Central Nevada District of the Nevada State Senate from 1992 until 2012. He was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

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 2012, 4 of them who were current members, or 19% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Of them, 2 were Democratic state senators and 2 were Republican state senators.

In addition to the 4 state senators who left office because of term limits, 1 state representative was also termed-out.

The 4 current members of the state senate who were ineligible to run in November were:

Democrats (2):

Republicans (2):

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.[1]

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: [2]

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
Map of Nevada Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 7 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

The new Nevada State Senate map was drawn by a special master panel after the standard process failed. The state legislature's maps were vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval (R) which led to the intervention of the courts. The new map merges the former Central Nevada seat with Washoe-2 and Rural Nevada. Essentially, three districts were merged into two in order to allow for the creation of a new Clark County district in the Las Vegas area. The shift represents the movement of state population from rural locations toward the more urban locations. Pete Goicoechea (R), Nevada State Assembly minority leader, said the map "dilutes the 'cow counties.'"[3]

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

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 12 Independent American primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Spearman: 29,026 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Gregory Hughes: 13,221

District 3

Note: Incumbent Democrat Valerie Wiener was ineligible to run due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRichard Segerblom: 21,745 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyEd Gobel: 12,032

District 4

Note: Incumbent Democrat Steven Horsford did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyKelvin Atkinson: 27,422 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyLinda West Myers: 6,946

District 5

Note: Incumbent Democrat Shirley Breeden did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJoyce Woodhouse: 26,520 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartySteve Kirk: 24,524

District 6

Note: Incumbent Democrat Allison Copening did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyBenny Yerushalmi: 26,598
Republican PartyMark Hutchison: 27,499 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7 (A)

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • David Parks Approveda - Incumbent Parks first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDavid Parks: 25,567 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyTrish Marsh: 14,285

District 9

Note: Clark 9 was up for election in 2012 to fill the vacancy of Elizabeth Halseth. The winner was elected to a two-year term.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJustin C. Jones: 21,849 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyMari Nakashima St. Martin: 21,548

District 11

Note: Incumbent Democrat Michael Schneider was ineligible to run due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyAaron D. Ford: 22,188 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyJohn Drake: 13,453

District 13

Note: Washoe 1 was up for election in 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Sheila Leslie. Leslie resigned in February 2012 in order to run for election to Senate District 15. The winner was elected to a two-year term.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDebbie Smith: 25,975 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyKathy Martin: 14,151

District 15

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Greg Brower Approveda - Incumbent Brower first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartySheila Leslie: 29,086
Republican PartyGreg Brower: 29,352 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Note: District 18 was newly formed from the 2012 redistricting process.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyKelli Ross: 25,893
Republican PartyScott Hammond: 27,364 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Note: Incumbent Republican Dean Rhoads was ineligible to run due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 12 Independent American primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyHarley Z. Kulkin: 10,427
Republican PartyPete Goicoechea: 25,287 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_NevadaJanine Hansen: 8,675

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