United States Senate elections in Nevada, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Nevada

CandidatesPollsElection History

November 6 Election Winner:
Dean Heller Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dean Heller Republican Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Tossup (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Nevada will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was March 16, 2012. The primary elections will be held on June 12, 2012.

The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Dean Heller (R). First appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Heller is running for re-election in 2012.

Candidates

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Michael J. Leslie withdrew from the primary in March 2012 [3]

Republican Party Republican primary

Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Independent American Party Candidate

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [5]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Nevada Senate
Month Rating
March 22, 2012[6]     
March 1, 2012[7]     
January 26, 2012[8]     
December 22, 2011[9]     
December 1, 2011[10]     

Sabato's Crystal Ball

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[11] The seat rated a toss-up that Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is most likely to depend on the outcome of the Presidential election in November is the Senate seat in Nevada.[11] According to the article, "the size of the Hispanic vote in Nevada come November may be more of a deciding factor in this contest than any SuperPAC." [11]

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Harry Reid won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Sharron Angle (R), None of the Above, Scott Ashjian (Tea Party), Timothy Fasano (Independent American), and independent candidates Michael L. Haines, Jesse Holland, Jeffery C. Reeves, and Wil Stand.[12]

United States Senate Nevada General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHarry Reid Incumbent 50.3% 362,785
     Republican Sharron Angle 44.5% 321,361
     None of the Above - 2.2% 16,174
     Tea Party Scott Ashjian 0.8% 5,811
     Independent Michael L. Haines 0.6% 4,261
     Independent American Timothy Fasano 0.4% 3,185
     Independent Jesse Holland 0.4% 3,175
     Independent Jeffery C. Reeves 0.3% 2,510
     Independent Wil Stand 0.3% 2,119
Total Votes 721,381

See also

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