Nevada State Democratic Party
ChairpersonJudith Whitmer
Governor of NevadaSteve Sisolak
Lieutenant Governor of NevadaLisa Cano Burkhead
Senate Majority LeaderNicole Cannizzaro
Speaker of the Nevada AssemblyJason Frierson
Headquarters2320 Paseo del Prado
Las Vegas, Nevada
Membership (2021)Increase654,749[1]
IdeologyDemocratic socialism[2][3][4][5]
Progressivism[6]
Political positionLeft-wing[4]
National affiliationDemocratic Party
ColorsBlue
Statewide Executive Offices
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Nevada Senate
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Nevada Assembly
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U.S. Senate
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U.S. House of Representatives
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Website
www.nvdems.com

The Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the U.S. state of Nevada. It has been chaired by Judith Whitmer since March 2021.[7]

History

The state of Nevada has had 22 political parties over the years.[8] Only six of these parties lasted up until the 2004 elections. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party remain as the top two in the state.

With the help of Abraham Lincoln in 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in America. Lincoln's Republican influence was considerable among the Nevada state citizens during his presidency. The first two general elections in Nevada, held in 1864 and 1867, were dominated by the Republican Party. In 1871, the Democratic Party started to gain momentum and won four of the six constitutional offices: governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer and attorney general.

Towards the beginning of the 1900s, the Silver Party was formed, bringing many Republicans and Democrats together from the western states. The party was so-named because of the federal government's shortage of silver coins in 1873. The Silver Party played a prominent role in Nevada's politics in the 1894 and 1898 elections. The Silver Party later formed the Silver Democratic Party. The Silver Democratic Party was prominent in Nevada until the election of 1906. After the election of 1906, the Democratic and Republican parties became the two primary parties in Nevada.

During the Great Depression of 1929, the two primary parties split many constitutional and federal offices. After the Great Depression, the citizens of Nevada preferred the Democratic Party over the Republican Party. Democrats were well received by Nevada and won most of the statewide and federal races from 1932 until 1995.

March 2021 DSA Takeover

In March 2021, The Intercept reported on a five-year intra-party conflict in the Nevada Democratic Party, waged between supporters of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and members of the party's progressive wing since the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. Following sweeping gains of leadership positions by progressive candidates backed by the local Democratic Socialists of America chapter on March 6, the entire Nevada Democratic Party staff resigned.[9]

Platform and structure

The current platform for the party was ratified in 2020. The topics that are covered include the military, veterans, healthcare, civil rights, education, elections and government, voting rights, environment and energy, foreign policy, jobs and the economy, and working Nevadans.[10]

A priority for Nevada Democrats in the 2010s and 2020s has been increasing the minimum wage. In 2019, Democratic governor Steve Sisolak signed a bill passed by a Democratic legislature to raise Nevada's minimum wage to $12 an hour.[11][12][13][14][15]

The party has a formal set of by-laws that form the party structure. These by-laws contain nine articles with many sections in each article.[16]

Executive Board

National Committee Representatives

Current Democratic officeholders

The Nevada Democratic Party controls five of the state's six statewide offices, a majority in the Nevada Senate, and a majority in the Nevada Assembly. Democrats also hold both of the state's U.S. Senate seats and three of the state's four U.S. House of Representatives seats.

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

Democrats have controlled both of Nevada's seats in the U.S. Senate since 2018:

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the four seats Nevada is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, three are held by Democrats:

District Member Photo
1st Dina Titus
Dina Titus official photo (cropped).jpg
3rd Susie Lee
Susie Lee, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
4th Steven Horsford
Steven Horsford, official portrait, 116th Congress (cropped).jpg

Statewide offices

Democrats control five of the five elected statewide offices:

State legislature

County chairs

Election results

Presidential

Nevada Democratic Party presidential election results
Election Presidential Ticket Votes Vote % Electoral votes Result
1864 George B. McClellan/George H. Pendleton 6,594 40.16%
0 / 2
Lost
1868 Horatio Seymour/Francis Preston Blair Jr. 5,218 44.61%
0 / 3
Lost
1872 Horace Greeley/Benjamin G. Brown (Liberal Republican) 6,236 42.57%
0 / 3
Lost
1876 Samuel J. Tilden/Thomas A. Hendricks 9,308 47.27%
0 / 3
Lost
1880 Winfield S. Hancock/William H. English 9,613 52.40%
3 / 3
Lost
1884 Grover Cleveland/Thomas A. Hendricks 5,578 43.59%
0 / 3
Won
1888 Grover Cleveland/Allen G. Thurman 5,149 41.94%
0 / 3
Lost
1892 Grover Cleveland/Adlai E. Stevenson 714 6.56%
0 / 3
Won
1896 William Jennings Bryan/Arthur Sewall 8,376 81.21%
3 / 3
Lost
1900 William Jennings Bryan/Adlai E. Stevenson 6,347 62.25%
3 / 3
Lost
1904 Alton B. Parker/Henry G. Davis 3,982 32.87%
0 / 3
Lost
1908 William Jennings Bryan/John W. Kern 11,212 45.71%
3 / 3
Lost
1912 Woodrow Wilson/Thomas R. Marshall 7,986 39.70%
3 / 3
Won
1916 Woodrow Wilson/Thomas R. Marshall 17,776 53.36%
3 / 3
Won
1920 James M. Cox/Franklin D. Roosevelt 9,851 36.22%
0 / 3
Lost
1924 John W. Davis/Charles W. Bryan 5,909 21.95%
0 / 3
Lost
1928 Al Smith/Joseph T. Robinson 14,090 43.46%
0 / 3
Lost
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt/John N. Garner 28,756 69.41%
3 / 3
Won
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt/John N. Garner 31,925 72.81%
3 / 3
Won
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt/Henry A. Wallace 31,945 60.08%
3 / 3
Won
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt/Harry S. Truman 29,623 54.62%
3 / 3
Won
1948 Harry S. Truman/Alben W. Barkley 31,291 50.37%
3 / 3
Won
1952 Adlai Stevenson/John Sparkman 31,688 38.55%
0 / 3
Lost
1956 Adlai Stevenson/Estes Kefauver 40,640 42.03%
0 / 3
Lost
1960 John F. Kennedy/Lyndon B. Johnson 54,880 51.16%
3 / 3
Won
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson/Hubert Humphrey 79,339 58.58%
3 / 3
Won
1968 Hubert Humphrey/Edmund Muskie 60,598 39.29%
0 / 3
Lost
1972 George McGovern/Sargent Shriver 66,016 36.32%
0 / 3
Lost
1976 Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale 92,479 45.81%
0 / 3
Won
1980 Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale 66,666 26.89%
0 / 3
Lost
1984 Walter Mondale/Geraldine Ferraro 91,655 31.97%
0 / 4
Lost
1988 Michael Dukakis/Lloyd Bentsen 132,738 37.92%
0 / 4
Lost
1992 Bill Clinton/Al Gore 189,148 37.36%
4 / 4
Won
1996 Bill Clinton/Al Gore 203,974 43.93%
4 / 4
Won
2000 Al Gore/Joe Lieberman 279,978 45.98%
0 / 4
Lost
2004 John Kerry/John Edwards 397,190 47.88%
0 / 5
Lost
2008 Barack Obama/Joe Biden 533,736 55.15%
5 / 5
Won
2012 Barack Obama/Joe Biden 531,373 52.36%
6 / 6
Won
2016 Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 539,260 47.92%
6 / 6
Lost
2020 Joe Biden/Kamala Harris 703,486 50.06%
6 / 6
Won

Gubernatorial

Nevada Democratic Party gubernatorial election results
Election Gubernatorial candidate Votes Vote % Result
1864
1870
1874
1878
1882 Jewett W. Adams 7,770 54.32% Won Green tickY
1886 Jewett W. Adams 5,869 47.59% Lost Red XN
1890 Theodore Winters 5,791 46.73% Lost Red XN
1894 Theodore Winters 678 6.47% Lost Red XN
1898 George Russell 2,057 20.55% Lost Red XN
1902 Endorsed John Sparks (Silver) N/A N/A Did not run
1906 Endorsed John Sparks (Silver) N/A N/A Did not run
1910 Denver S. Dickerson 8,798 42.66% Lost Red XN
1914 Emmet D. Boyle 9,623 44.65% Won Green tickY
1918 Emmet D. Boyle 12,875 52.08% Won Green tickY
1922 James G. Scrugham 15,437 53.88% Won Green tickY
1926 James G. Scrugham 14,521 47.00% Lost Red XN
1930 Charles L. Richards 16,192 46.75% Lost Red XN
1934 Richard Kirman Sr. 23,088 53.94% Won Green tickY
1938 Edward P. Carville 28,528 61.86% Won Green tickY
1942 Edward P. Carville 24,505 60.26% Won Green tickY
1946 Vail Pittman 28,655 57.42% Won Green tickY
1950 Vail Pittman 26,164 42.36% Lost Red XN
1954 Vail Pittman 36,797 46.90% Lost Red XN
1958 Grant Sawyer 50,864 59.92% Won Green tickY
1962 Grant Sawyer 64,784 66.84% Won Green tickY
1966 Grant Sawyer 65,870 47.84% Lost Red XN
1970 Mike O'Callaghan 70,697 48.10% Won Green tickY
1974 Mike O'Callaghan 114,114 67.38% Won Green tickY
1978 Robert E. Rose 76,361 39.68% Lost Red XN
1982 Richard Bryan 128,132 53.30% Won Green tickY
1986 Richard Bryan 187,268 71.92% Won Green tickY
1990 Bob Miller 207,878 64.81% Won Green tickY
1994 Bob Miller 200,026 52.68% Won Green tickY
1998 Jan Laverty Jones 182,281 42.04% Lost Red XN
2002 Joe Neal 110,935 22.01% Lost Red XN
2006 Dina Titus 255,684 43.92% Lost Red XN
2010 Rory Reid 298,171 41.61% Lost Red XN
2014 Bob Goodman 130,722 23.88% Lost Red XN
2018 Steve Sisolak 480,007 49.39% Won Green tickY

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