NEVADA 6 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Nevada Secretary of State)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.
3,080,156
Total Registration, Nov. 2020
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16 counties and Carson City.

Two largest counties: Clark, Washoe.
 
Four largest cities: Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, North Las Vegas

Government
Governor: Steve Sisolak (D) elected in 2018.
State Legislature: Nevada State Legislature   House: 42 seats  Senate: 21 seats
Local: Counties and Cities and Municipalities   NACO
U.S. House: 3R, 1D - 1. D.Titus (D) | 2. M.Amodei (R) | 3. S.Lee (D) | 4. S.Horsford (D) >
U.S. Senate: Jacky Rosen (D) elected in 2018, Catherine Cortez-Masto (D) elected in 2016. 
2020
U.S. House: All four Members are seeking re-election.  The closest race is expected to be in NV-3 where first-term Rep. Susie Lee (D) faces businessman and former pro-wrestler Dan Radimer (R) and several other candidates.
State Legislature:
All 42 House seats and 11 of 21 Senate seats are up. 
Ballot Measures: Voters will decide five ballot measures: Question 1 Board of Regents; Question 2 Same Sex Marriage; Question 3 Pardons Board; Question 4 Voter Rights; and Question 6 Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative (yes  |  no). 
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The Silver State
General Election -- Tuesday November 3, 2020
Voter Registration Deadlines:
Mail (postmark) or in person - Oct. 6, 2020.
Online - Oct. 29, 2020.

Early Voting by Personal Appearance:
Oct. 17-30, 2020.



Legislation and Litigation
    Nevada was the scene of some early wrangling over vote by mail after Sec. of State Barbara Cevagske (R) announced active registered voters in Nevada would be mailed an absentee ballot for the June 9 state primary election (+).  Limited polling places led to long lines for those who voted in-person. 
   In response Democrats passed and on Aug. 3 Gov. Sisolak signed Assembly Bill No. 4, which seeks to forestall problems in November by provisions such as setting minimum numbers of vote centers per county based population and providing additional funds for preparation and distribution of mail ballots. 
Under the legislation, elections occurring under a state of emergency are "affected elections;" all active registered voters are being sent a ballot in the mail, although they can still vote in-person.  Republicans viewed the legislation as "a midnight push to change election rules" and an effort to "steal the election" and quickly filed a lawsuit but their claims were dismissed in a Sept. 21 ruling (+).
On the ballot
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Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Blankenship/Mohr (IAP)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)


None of These Candidates







Overview: Nevada has gone Democratic in the last three presidential elections.  Democrats hope to build on their electoral successes in 2018 (+), the energy of the Feb. 22 caucus campaign (+) and the June 9 primary campaign. 
   Sen. Cortez-Masto was mentioned as a possible candidate for vice president but withdrew her name from consideration on May 28.
   Republicans have a solid ground game
According to an article in the Las Vegas Journal Review, Republicans restarted in-person field operations on June 8, in contrast to Democrats, who are in virtual mode (D | R


Trump  |  Biden
[State Primary: June 9, 2020]
Democratic Precinct Caucuses -- Saturday, February 22, 2020
Main Nevada Caucuses Page
Democrats
County Convention Delegates: Sanders 6,788 (46.84%), Biden 2,927 (20.20%), Buttigieg 2,073 (14.30%), Warren 1,406 (9.70%), Steyer 682 (4.71%), Klobuchar 603 (4.16%) ...14,492.  Total participating:
104,883.  details

49 Delegates: 23 District, 8 At-Large, 5 PLEO and 13 Unpledged.


Republicans
On Sept. 7, 2019 the NV GOP State Central Committee voted to scrap the caucuses.


General Election Winners in Nevada, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
37.36%
Clinton
43.93%
Bush
49.52%
Bush
50.47%
Obama
55.15%
Obama
52.36%
Clinton
47.92%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,964,097.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 57.3%.


Voter Registration Deadlines:
Mail - Postmarked Oct. 8, 2016.
Online or in person - Oct. 18, 2016.

Early Voting: Oct. 22-Nov. 4, 2016.




Official Results >

 
+Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
539,260
(47.92)
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
512,058
(45.50)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
37,384
(3.32)
None of These Candidates
28,863
(2.56)
Castle/Bradley(IAP)
5,268
(0.47)
De la Fuente
2,552
(0.23)
Total........1,125,385


Overview: Nevada was a battleground state and had a competitive U.S. Senate race, two tight U.S. House races, a fight for control of the state legislature, and several interesting ballot measures.
  
The Hispanic vote is very important in the Silver State.  According to the Pew Research Center (>), the state has a Hispanic population of about 789,000, accounting for 28% of the total population.  328,000 of these people are eligible to vote, or 17% of the total eligible to vote. 
   In addition intermittent visits by the candidates, Nevada drew the national spotlight when UNLV hosted the final presidential debate on Oct. 19.      
  Green party nominee Jill Stein failed to qualify for the ballot after her petition effort was marred by fraud.
   Although Clinton carried just two counties, Clark (Las Vegas) and Washoe (Reno), her margins in Clark–402,227 votes (52.43%) to 320,057 (41.72%) for Trump–were enough.  Statewide the Clinton-Kaine ticket achieved a plurality of 27,202 votes (2.42 percentage points). 
   Combined with other successes down the ballot,Nevada was one of few bright spots for the Democrats.
General Election Visits
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,776,403.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 57.1%.


Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 16, 2012.
Early Voting: Oct. 20-Nov. 2, 2012.


Election Day Turnout: 311,613
(30.65%)
Early Turnout: 619,381
(60.92%)
Absentee Turnout:  85,670 (8.43%)
Total Turnout: 1,016,664

Early Voting: 619,381:
Dem. 275,470 (44.48%)
Rep.  223,526 (36.09%)
Oth.   120,385 (19.44%)


Official Results >

 
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
531,373
(52.36)
Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
463,567
(45.68)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
10,968
(1.08)
None of These Candidates
5,770
(0.57)
Goode/Clymer (IAP)
3,240
(0.32)
Total........1,014,918


2012 Overview
Nevada was a battleground state but most observers concluded it would go to Obama, and it did.  The Democratic ticket won the state with a plurality of 67,806 votes (6.68 percentage points).  Obama carried the two big counties, Clark by 100,883 votes (56.42% to 41.82%) and Washoe by 6,956 votes (50.79% to 47.09%); and Romney carried the rest.
General Election Details
Obama  |  Romney
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,652,846.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 58.6%.

Early Voting: Any registered voter in Nevada can vote early between Oct. 18 and Oct. 31, 2008. 

Election Day Turnout: 320,910 (33.08%)
Early Turnout: 561,772
(57.91%)
Absentee Turnout:  87,337 (9.00%)
Total Turnout: 970,019

Total Registration: 1,207,761.
                        Official Results >


Baldwin/Castle (IAP) 3,194
(0.33)
Barr/Root (Lib.) 4,263
(0.44)
McCain/Palin (Rep.)
412,827
(42.65)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.)
1,411
(0.15)
Nader/Gonzalez (Pet.)
6,150
(0.64)
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
533,736
(55.15)
None of These Candidates
6,267
(0.65)
Total........967,848



2008 Overview
The Obama-Biden ticket won Nevada's 5 electoral votes, gaining a plurality of 120,909 votes (12.50 percentage points).  Clark County accounted for more than 2/3rds of the votes cast in the presidential contest (67.3%); Obama's margin in the county was 123,687 votes or 380,765 (58.47%) to 257,078 (39.48%).  Obama also carried Washoe County (Reno) and Carson City. 
General Election Details
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader 

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,501,437.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate:
55.3%.

Early Voting: By personal appearance Oct. 16-29, 2004. (3rd Saturday before the General Election)

Election Day Turnout: 396,952 (47.72%)
Early Turnout: 346,823 (41.69%)
Absentee Turnout:  88,058 (10.59%)
Total Turnout: 831,833

Total Registration: 1,071,101.
  Official Results >


Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.)
3,176
(0.38)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
418,690
(50.47)
Cobb/LaMarche 853 (0.10)
Kerry/Edwards (Dem.) 397,190
(47.88)
Nader/Camejo 
4,838
(0.58)
Peroutka/Baldwin
1,152
(0.14)
None of These Candidates
3,688
(0.44)
Total........829,587
 

2004 Overview
As in 2000, Bush carried Nevada by a narrow margin, gaining a plurality of 21,500 votes (2.59 percentage points), and carrying 16 of 17 counties.
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush/Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,346,116.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate:
45.2%.

Total Registration: 878,970.
                   Official Results >


Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
3,311
(0.54)
Buchanan/Foster (Cit.First)
4,747
(0.77)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
301,575
(49.52)
Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
279,978
(45.97)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (NLP)
415
(0.07)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
15,008
(2.46)
Phillips/Frazier (IAP)
621
(0.10)
"None of these candidates"
3,315
(0.54)
Total........608,970

Total turnout was 613,360.  Early voting by personal appearance ran from Oct. 21-Nov. 3, 2000 (the third Saturday before Election Day to the Friday before Election Day).  206,013 people voted by early voting (33.8% of total).  In addition, there were about 113,000 absentee ballot requests, which have historically had a return rate of about 60%.

2000 Overview
Bush won Nevada with a plurality of 21,597 votes (3.55 percentage points).  He carried 16 of 17 counties; Gore carried only Clark County (Las Vegas).  Clark County accounted for 62.7% of the votes cast in the presidential race (382,198 votes), and Gore won there with a plurality of 25,168 votes.  John Ensign's strong showing in the U.S. Senate race may have helped boost Bush.  Also in Bush's advantage were the facts that Nevada is a Western state, and that Gov. Guinn's time in office helped prepare the ground by taking away some traditional Democratic issues.  One major issue for both sides in Nevada was the proposal for interim storage of high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain; Gore and Bush took positions against this, while saying they would rely on science for a decision about permanent storage.
General Election Activities

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Clinton (Dem.)...........189,148 (37.36)
Bush (Rep.)...............175,828 (34.73)
Perot (Ind.)................132,580
 (26.18)
Others (5).....................6,225
(1.23)
None of these...............2,537
(0.50)
Total........506,318

1996
Clinton (Dem.)...........203,974 (43.93)
Dole (Rep.)................199,244 (42.91)
Perot (Ref.).................43,986
 (9.47)
None of these...............5,608
(1.21)
Nader (Grn.).................4,730
(1.02)
Others (3)......................6,737 
(1.45)
Total........464,279