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Nevada Republican Party
ChairpersonMichael J. McDonald
Senate Minority LeaderJames Settelmeyer
Assembly Minority LeaderRobin L. Titus
Founded1864
Headquarters3652 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89502
Membership (2021)620,245[1]
IdeologyConservatism
Political positionCenter-right to right-wing
National affiliationRepublican Party
Colors  Red
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
NevadaGOP.org

The Nevada Republican Party is the affiliate of the Republican Party in Nevada. The organization has a history that goes back to 1864. The Nevada Republican Party also has its own platform and by-laws.

History

Nevada was founded as a state on October 31, 1864.[2] When the state was first formed it was a Republican state.[3] Some speculate that this was because of Nevadans' loyalty to the president who brought them into the Union, Abraham Lincoln. In the first two general elections all the constitutionally elected positions went to the Republicans.[3] This changed starting in 1871 when four out of the six constitutional positions were won by the Democrats.[3]

In the general elections of 1894 and 1898 the Silver Party, a party created to go against European and Eastern American bankers, swept the election.[4] Nevada first held a primary election in 1910.[4] In 1929 the offices were split evenly between the Democratic and Republican Parties. This was the turning point though.[5] Once the Great Depression hit the elections from 1932 to the 1990s the Democratic Party held the majority throughout the state.

In 1994 and in 1998 the Republicans were the majority in the state. In 2002 Republicans swept all of the offices in Nevada. In the 2004 election Nevada was considered a battleground state because the difference between the two parties that year was 4,431.[5] Throughout much of Nevada's political history it has been seen as a battleground state. Since 1992 the state has gone back and forth between Republican and Democratic candidates for the presidency. In the elections of 1992 and 1996 the state voted for the Democratic candidate, in 2000 and 2004 they voted for the Republican candidate, and finally in the 2008 election the state voted for the Democrats.[6] This is primarily because of the rise of the Latino population.[7] Nevada was expected to be a battleground state in the presidential election in 2012 as well.[8]

On June 23, 2018, President Donald Trump addressed the 2018 Nevada Republican Party State Convention in Las Vegas.[9]

2020 election and aftermath

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the Nevada GOP supported Donald Trump's false claims of fraud and attempts to overturn the election results in the state after Joe Biden was declared the victor.[10] On November 3, 2020, the state GOP and the Trump campaign attempted to slow down the processing of mail-in ballots in Clark county, claiming that the county wasn't abiding by state law in allowing people to observe the processing of ballots.[11] Soon after, Nevada Republicans made false claims surrounding the results in the county.[12][13]

On November 5, the Nevada Republican Party alleged "at least 3,062 instances of voter fraud". Republican lawyers released a list of over 3,000 people who allegedly did not live in Clark County, Nevada, when they voted. However, these were not proven to be illegal votes, because Nevada (a) allows for people who moved states 30 days before the election to vote in Nevada's election, and (b) allows people studying in colleges in another state to vote in Nevada's election. Additionally, the list featured military members who were overseas and voted by mail.[13]

On November 17, 2020, Nevada Republican representatives of the Trump campaign asked a judge to nullify Biden's 33,596-vote margin, and simply declare Trump the winner and his electors elected, citing unsubstantiated claims of fraud.[14] However, on November 24, the Nevada Supreme Court certified Biden as the winner of the state.[15] On December 4, 2020, the Nevada GOP vowed to appeal the certification of Biden's victory and overturn his win in the state.[16] On December 14, hours after Nevada's six electors cast the state's electoral votes for Biden, Nevada Republican electors unofficially cast their symbolic votes for Trump. The Nevada GOP expressed support for the unofficial electors and alleged that there was fraud in the Nevada election.[17]

In April 2021, the Nevada GOP censured Republican secretary of state Barbara Cegavske, accusing her of failing to investigate allegations of fraud in the 2020 election. Cegavske responded by saying that members of her party were attacking her for refusing to "put my thumb on the scale of democracy" and said that there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the election.[18] In June 2021, the Nevada GOP expressed approval of the controversial Arizona audit and have considered whether they can enact a similar audit for the 2020 Nevada election.[19]

By-laws

The By-laws of the Nevada Republicans were amended on December 13, 2008. Article one says the name of the organization. Article two describes its purpose. The purpose of this political organization is to provide leadership, recruit, develop, and elect officials. It wants to provide a responsible representative government. It also wants to keep the rights and freedom for all citizens. Article three discusses the duties and the headquarters of this organization. This article goes into details about how conventions should be held. Article four provides the rules and regulations for the meetings. These rules describe everything from when meetings should be held, how voting works, where these meetings are held, and everything in between. Article five discusses membership in this organization. The first is that the members must be part of the Republican Party. They then go into the elected officials for the party. Article six goes into details about the officers for the organization and their specific duties that those positions have. Article seven discusses elections while section eight talks about the standing committees and their responsibilities.

Article nine talks about the Republican organization and how it associates with it. Article ten goes into the voting and proxies in the Nevada State Republican party by-laws. Article eleven discusses the executive committee, its membership and its duties. Article twelve goes into detail about the requirements for the committees and the conventions. Article thirteen talks about amendments to the by-laws, particularly how to make amendments to the by-laws. Article fourteen discusses parliamentary authority while article fifteen talks about election laws. Finally article sixteen goes into details about how the organization should support candidates. It will not recognize any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or, while serving in a public office was impeached and convicted or removed from office for any reason, unless the Nevada Republican Central Committee or a Convention of the Nevada Republican Party shall waive this rule by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members or delegates present.[20]

Current elected officials

The Nevada Republican Party controls only one of the state's six statewide offices and the Republicans are the minority in both the Nevada Senate and the Nevada Assembly. Republicans hold none of the state's U.S. Senate seats and one of its four U.S. House of Representatives seats.[21][22][23]

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

Both of Nevada's U.S. Senate seats have been held by Democrats since 2018. Dean Heller was the last Republican to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate. First appointed in 2011 by then Governor Brian Sandoval following the resignation on John Ensign, Heller was elected to a full term in 2012 and subsequently lost his bid for a second term in 2018 to Jacky Rosen who has held the seat since.

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the 4 seats Nevada is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1 is held by a Republican:

District Member Photo
2nd Mark Amodei
Mark Amodei official photo (cropped).jpg

Statewide offices

Republicans control one of the six elected statewide offices:

State legislative leaders

State Senate

Republican members of the Nevada Senate:

State Assembly

Republican members of the Nevada State Assembly:

Executive Board

Chairman: Michael J. McDonald

Vice Chairman: Jim DeGraffenreid III

Secretary: Barbara Hawn

Treasurer: Michael Bertrand

National Committeeman: Lee Hoffman

National Committeewoman: Michele Fiore

Election results

Presidential

Nevada Republican Party presidential election results
Election Presidential Ticket Votes Vote % Electoral votes Result
1864 Abraham Lincoln/Andrew Johnson 9,826 59.84%
2 / 2
Won
1868 Ulysses S. Grant/Schuyler Colfax 6,480 55.39%
3 / 3
Won
1872 Ulysses S. Grant/Henry Wilson 8,413 57.43%
3 / 3
Won
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes/William A. Wheeler 10,383 52.73%
3 / 3
Won
1880 James A. Garfield/Chester A. Arthur 8,732 47.60%
0 / 3
Won
1884 James G. Blaine/John A. Logan 7,193 56.21%
3 / 3
Lost
1888 Benjamin Harrison/Levi P. Morton 7,088 57.73%
3 / 3
Won
1892 Benjamin Harrison/Whitelaw Reid 2,811 25.84%
0 / 3
Lost
1896 William McKinley/Garret Hobart 1,938 18.79%
0 / 3
Won
1900 William McKinley/Theodore Roosevelt 3,849 37.75%
0 / 3
Won
1904 Theodore Roosevelt/Charles W. Fairbanks 6,864 56.66%
3 / 3
Won
1908 William Howard Taft/James S. Sherman 10,775 43.93%
0 / 3
Won
1912 William Howard Taft/Nicholas M. Butler 3,196 15.89%
0 / 3
Lost
1916 Charles E. Hughes/Charles W. Fairbanks 12,127 36.40%
0 / 3
Lost
1920 Warren G. Harding/Calvin Coolidge 15,479 56.92%
3 / 3
Won
1924 Calvin Coolidge/Charles G. Dawes 11,243 41.76%
3 / 3
Won
1928 Herbert Hoover/Charles Curtis 18,327 56.54%
3 / 3
Won
1932 Herbert Hoover/Charles Curtis 12,764 30.59%
0 / 3
Lost
1936 Alf Landon/Frank Knox 11,923 27.19%
0 / 3
Lost
1940 Wendell Willkie/Charles L. McNary 21,229 39.92%
0 / 3
Lost
1944 Thomas E. Dewey/John W. Bricker 24,611 45.38%
0 / 3
Lost
1948 Thomas E. Dewey/Earl Warren 29,357 47.26%
0 / 3
Lost
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower/Richard Nixon 50,502 61.45%
3 / 3
Won
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower/Richard Nixon 56,049 57.97%
3 / 3
Won
1960 Richard Nixon/Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. 52,387 48.84%
0 / 3
Lost
1964 Barry Goldwater/William E. Miller 56,094 41.42%
0 / 3
Lost
1968 Richard Nixon/Spiro Agnew 73,188 47.46%
3 / 3
Won
1972 Richard Nixon/Spiro Agnew 115,750 63.68%
3 / 3
Won
1976 Gerald Ford/Bob Dole 101,273 50.17%
3 / 3
Lost
1980 Ronald Reagan/George H. W. Bush 155,017 62.54%
3 / 3
Won
1984 Ronald Reagan/George H. W. Bush 188,770 65.85%
4 / 4
Won
1988 George H. W. Bush/Dan Quayle 206,040 58.86%
4 / 4
Won
1992 George H. W. Bush/Dan Quayle 175,828 34.73%
0 / 4
Lost
1996 Bob Dole/Jack Kemp 199,244 42.91%
0 / 4
Lost
2000 George W. Bush/Dick Cheney 301,575 49.52%
4 / 4
Won
2004 George W. Bush/Dick Cheney 418,690 50.47%
5 / 5
Won
2008 John McCain/Sarah Palin 412,827 42.65%
0 / 5
Lost
2012 Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan 463,567 45.68%
0 / 6
Lost
2016 Donald Trump/Mike Pence 512,058 45.50%
0 / 6
Won
2020 Donald Trump/Mike Pence 669,890 47.67%
0 / 6
Lost

Gubernatorial

Nevada Republican Party gubernatorial election results
Election Gubernatorial candidate Votes Vote % Result
1864
1870
1874
1878
1882 Enoch Strother 6,535 45.68% Lost Red XN
1886 Charles C. Stevenson 6,463 52.41% Won Green tickY
1890 Roswell K. Colcord 6,601 53.27% Won Green tickY
1894 Abner C. Cleveland 3,861 36.87% Lost Red XN
1898 William McMillan 3,548 35.45% Lost Red XN
1902 Abner C. Cleveland 4,778 42.22% Lost Red XN
1906 Jason F. Mitchell 5,336 35.96% Lost Red XN
1910 Tasker Oddie 10,435 50.59% Won Green tickY
1914 Tasker Oddie 8,537 39.61% Lost Red XN
1918 Tasker Oddie 11,845 47.92% Lost Red XN
1922 John H. Miller 13,215 46.12% Lost Red XN
1926 Fred B. Balzar 16,374 53.00% Won Green tickY
1930 Fred B. Balzar 18,442 53.25% Won Green tickY
1934 Morley Griswold 14,778 34.52% Lost Red XN
1938 John A. Fulton 17,586 38.14% Lost Red XN
1942 Aaron V. Tallman 16,164 39.75% Lost Red XN
1946 Melvin E. Jepson 21,247 42.58% Lost Red XN
1950 Charles H. Russell 35,609 57.65% Won Green tickY
1954 Charles H. Russell 41,665 53.10% Won Green tickY
1958 Charles H. Russell 34,025 40.08% Lost Red XN
1962 Oran K. Gragson 32,145 33.16% Lost Red XN
1966 Paul Laxalt 71,807 52.16% Won Green tickY
1970 Ed Fike 64,400 43.81% Lost Red XN
1974 Shirley Crumpler 28,959 17.10% Lost Red XN
1978 Robert List 108,097 56.17% Won Green tickY
1982 Robert List 100,104 41.65% Lost Red XN
1986 Patty Cafferata 65,081 25.00% Lost Red XN
1990 Jim Gallaway 95,789 29.86% Lost Red XN
1994 Jim Gibbons 156,875 41.32% Lost Red XN
1998 Kenny Guinn 223,892 51.63% Won Green tickY
2002 Kenny Guinn 344,001 68.24% Won Green tickY
2006 Jim Gibbons 279,003 47.93% Won Green tickY
2010 Brian Sandoval 382,350 53.36% Won Green tickY
2014 Brian Sandoval 386,340 70.58% Won Green tickY
2018 Adam Laxalt 440,320 45.31% Lost Red XN

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