2011 Nevada's 2nd congressional district special election

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Nevada's 2nd congressional district special election, 2011

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  Mark Amodei 113th Congress.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Mark Amodei Kate Marshall
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 74,976 46,669
Percentage 58% 36%

Representative before election

Dean Heller

Elected Representative

Mark Amodei

On September 13, 2011, a special election was held in Nevada's 2nd congressional district to fill the vacancy[1] created by the resignation of Republican Dean Heller, who was appointed to the United States Senate.[2]

The race was called for Mark Amodei by the Associated Press just after 10 p.m. local time with 44% of precincts reporting and Amodei leading Marshall 57% to 37%.[3] Amodei easily won the election by a margin of 58% to 36%.


On May 2, 2011, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller announced the election, held under an untested 2003 law for replacing House members, would be open to any and all qualified candidates, without primary elections or nominations made by parties' central committees.[4]

The Republican Party filed suit challenging Miller's plan, preferring instead that each party be required to nominate a single candidate. The party's complaint stated that "A fundamental principle of Nevada's electoral statutes is that, in a partisan election, there shall be only one nominee from each political party."[5] On May 19, District Judge Todd Russell sided with the Republican Party and ruling that the major parties would hold conventions in order to each nominate a single candidate.[6] Miller asked the office of the Nevada Attorney General to appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Nevada,[7] which on May 31 issued an order instructing Miller and the state's political parties to address whether the election can be rescheduled due to concerns that the ongoing dispute over its rules may necessitate a delay.[8]

Democratic nomination[edit]


Declared candidates[edit]

Declined to run[edit]

  • Jill Derby, former regent of the Nevada System of Higher Education and unsuccessful candidate for the 2nd district in 2006 and 2008[12]

Republican nomination[edit]

The central committee of the Nevada Republican Party will vote to decide the Republican nominee in June 2011.[needs update] Any Republican who receives at least two votes from members of the central committee can compete in the nomination process, which will be held under a two-round system.[13]


Declared candidates[edit]

Declined to run[edit]

Independent American Party nomination[edit]

Declared candidates[edit]

Independent candidates[edit]

  • Earl Ammerman[10]
  • Roland Lee[10]
  • Helmuth Lehmann, businessman and author[10]
  • Christopher Simon[10]

General Election[edit]


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Amodei (R)
Marshall (D)
Fasano (IAP)
Lehmann (I)
Public Policy Polling September 9–11, 2011 629 ± 3.9% 50% 37% 4% 4% 5%
Public Policy Polling • August 18–21, 2011 600 ± 4.0% 43% 42% 3% 3% 8%


General Election Results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Amodei 74,976 58
Democratic Kate Marshall 46,669 36
Independent Helmuth Lehmann 5,354 4
Independent American Timothy Fasano 2,415 2
Total votes 129,414
Republican hold

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clifton, Guy (April 29, 2011). "Nevada special election date September 13". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  2. ^ Demirjian, Karoun (April 27, 2011). "Sandoval chooses Dean Heller for John Ensign replacement". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  3. ^ a b http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2011/by_county/NV_US_House_0913.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS
  4. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (May 2, 2011). "Nevada Special Election to Be Open to All Candidates". Roll Call. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  5. ^ Dornan, Geoff (May 5, 2011). "GOP challenges Heller seat election plan". Lahontan Valley News. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  6. ^ Ryan, Cy (May 19, 2011). "Judge sides with GOP, rules against free-for-all special election". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  7. ^ Hagar, Ray (May 21, 2011). "Appeal sought in Nevada's vacant U.S. House seat ruling". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Court suggests delay for Nevada House election". My News 3. May 31, 2011. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall announces run for Nevada CD2". Reno Gazette-Journal. May 4, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "2011 Special Election Filed Candidates". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  11. ^ Chereb, Sandra (April 27, 2011). "Nev. governor names Heller to Ensign's Senate seat". Yahoo! News. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  12. ^ Myers, Laura (May 26, 2011). "Derby announces she will not seek U.S. House seat". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  13. ^ Silva, Christina (June 11, 2011). "350 to decide nominee". Nevada Appeal. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  14. ^ a b c d e Myers, Laura (April 26, 2011). "Krolicki is GOP favorite if special election needed for Heller's seat". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  15. ^ a b Vogel, Ed (May 9, 2011). "Nevada GOP Chairman Amodei announces run for 2nd Congressional District". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Delen (May 5, 2011). "Special election count: 4 Republicans, 3 Democrats in race to replace Dean Heller". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  17. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (May 25, 2011). "Sharron Angle Won't Run in Special Election". Roll Call. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  18. ^ Starkey, Melanie (May 5, 2011). "Krolicki Opts Out of Nevada Special Election". Roll Call. Retrieved May 5, 2011.

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