Nevada's 2nd congressional district


Nevada's 2nd congressional district
Nevada's 2nd congressional district
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Current Representative Mark Amodei (RCarson City)
Distribution 78.45% urban, 21.55% rural
Population (2000) 666,088
Median income $43,879
Ethnicity 81.8% White, 2.5% Black, 2.9% Asian, 15.3% Hispanic, 2.4% Native American, 0.6% other
Cook PVI R+5

Nevada's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district occupying all of Nevada outside of Clark County, and some parts of Clark County. Reno, the county seat of Washoe County and the fourth-most populous city in Nevada, is the largest city in the district. Washoe County casts about 70 percent of the district's vote. It is currently Represented by Republican Mark Amodei.

The district was created after the 1980 Census. It is the third-largest congressional district by land area and is the largest district that does not consist of an entire state, as the only two larger are Alaska's and Montana's at-large congressional districts.

The district has a heavy Republican lean. Republicans often win elections at the local level here with 60 percent or more of the vote. Republicans have held the district since its creation, and Democrats have only made three serious bids for the seat. In presidential elections, the district has historically voted Republican; George W. Bush won the district by 20 points in 2000 and 16 points in 2004. However, in the 2008 election John McCain earned only 88 votes more (out of 335,720 votes) than Barack Obama in the district.

2011 special election

On April 21, 2011, U.S. Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.), plagued by scandal and facing an inquiry by the Senate Ethics Committee, announced his resignation effective May 3.[1] On April 27, Governor Brian Sandoval announced he would appoint Dean Heller, representative of Nevada's second district, to fill out Ensign's term in the Senate. To fill the vacancy created by Heller's resignation on May 9, the Governor was required to call a special election to be held within six months of the occurrence of the vacancy.[2]

A special election was held on September 13, 2011. Republican Mark Amodei defeated Democrat Kate Marshall.[3]

Voting

Election results from presidential races[4]

Year Office Result
2000 President Bush 57 - 37%
2004 President Bush 57 - 41%
2008 President McCain 49 - 49%

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Congress District Home Electoral history
District created January 3, 1983 Districts were created from the former at-large district
Vucanovich.jpg Barbara Vucanovich Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1997
98th Reno First elected in 1982

Retired
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
Jimgibbons.jpg Jim Gibbons Republican January 3, 1997 –
December 31, 2006
105th Reno First elected in 1996

Retired to run for Governor of Nevada
and resigned early to become Governor
106th
107th
108th
109th
Vacant December 31, 2006 –
January 3, 2007
109th
Dean Heller, Official Portrait, 112th Congress (Rep).jpg Dean Heller Republican January 3, 2007 –
May 9, 2011
110th Carson City First elected in 2006

Resigned to become U.S. Senator
111th
112th
Vacant May 9, 2011 –
September 15, 2011
112th
Mark Amodei.jpg Mark Amodei Republican September 13, 2011 –
present
112th Carson City First elected in special election in 2011

Incumbent

Election results

198219841986198819901992199419961998200020022004200620082010

1982

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Barbara Vucanovich 70,188 55.49%
Democratic Mary Gojack 52,265 41.32%
Libertarian Teresa Vuceta 4,043 3.20%
Totals 126,496 100.0%
Republican win (new seat)

1984

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[6]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 99,775 71.21%
Democratic Andrew Barbano 36,130 25.79%
Libertarian Dan Becan 4,201 3.00%
Totals 140,106 100.0%
Republican hold

1986

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[7]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 83,479 58.41%
Democratic Pete Sferrazza 59,433 41.59%
Totals 142,912 100.0%
Republican hold

1988

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[8]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 105,981 57.26%
Democratic Jim Spoo 75,163 40.61%
Libertarian Kent Cromwell 3,953 2.14%
Totals 185,097 100.0%
Republican hold

1990

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[9]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 103,508 59.08%
Democratic Jane Wisdom 59,581 34.01%
Libertarian Dan Becan 12,120 6.92%
Totals 175,209 100.0%
Republican hold

1992

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[10]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 129,575 47.91%
Democratic Pete Sferrazza 117,199 43.33%
Independent American Daniel M. Hansen 13,285 4.91%
Libertarian Dan Becan 7,552 2.79%
Populist Don Golden 2,850 1.05%
Totals 270,461 100.0%
Republican hold

1994

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[11]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 142,202 63.50%
Democratic Janet Greeson 65,390 29.20%
Independent American Thomas F. Jefferson 9,615 4.29%
Natural Law Lois Avery 6,725 3.00%
Totals 223,932 100.0%
Republican hold

1996

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[12]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jim Gibbons 162,310 58.56%
Democratic Thomas "Spike" Wilson 97,942 35.26%
Independent American Daniel M. Hansen 8,780 3.17%
Natural Law Lois Avery 4,628 1.67%
Libertarian Louis R. Tomburello 3,732 1.35%
Totals 277,192 100.0%
Republican hold

1998

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[13]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 201,623 81.05%
Independent American Christopher Horne 20,738 8.34%
Libertarian Louis R. Tomburello 18,561 7.46%
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 7,841 3.15%
Totals 248,763 100.0%
Republican hold

2000

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[14]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 229,608 64.50%
Democratic Tierney Cahill 106,379 29.88%
Independent American Daniel M. Hansen 5,582 1.57%
Green A. Charles Laws 5,547 1.56%
Libertarian Terry Savage 5,343 1.50%
Citizens First Ken Brenneman 2,367 0.66%
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 1,143 0.32%
Totals 355,969 100.0%
Republican hold

2002

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[15]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 149,574 74.34%
Democratic Travis O. Souza 40,189 19.97%
Independent American Janine Hansen 7,240 3.60%
Libertarian Brendan Trainor 3,413 1.70%
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 784 0.39%
Totals 201,200 100.0%
Republican hold

2004

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[16]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 195,466 67.15%
Democratic Angie G. Cochran 79,978 27.48%
Independent American Janine Hansen 10,638 3.65%
Libertarian Brendan Trainor 4,997 1.72%
Totals 291,079 100.0%
Republican hold

2006

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[17]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Dean Heller 117,168 50.35%
Democratic Jill Derby 104,593 44.94%
Independent Daniel Rosen 5,524 2.37%
Independent American James C. Kroshus 5,439 2.34%
Totals 232,724 100.0%
Republican hold

2008

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[18]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Dean Heller (incumbent) 170,771 51.82%
Democratic Jill Derby 136,548 41.44%
Independent American John Everhart 11,179 3.39%
Libertarian Sean Patrick Morse 5,740 1.74%
Green Craig Bergland 5,282 1.60%
Totals 329,520 100.0%
Republican hold

2010

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[19]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Dean Heller (incumbent) 169,458 63.30%
Democratic Nancy Price 87,421 32.66%
Independent American Russell Best 10,829 4.05%
Totals 267,708 100.0%
Republican hold

2011 Special Election

2011 Nevada Second Congressional District (Special Election) [20]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Mark E. Amodei 74,976 58%
Democratic Kate Marshall 46,669 36%
Independent Helmuth Lehmann 5,354 4%
Independent American Timothy Fasano 2,415 2%
Totals 129,414 %
Republican hold

References

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