Nevada's 2nd Congressional District Special Election, 2011

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A special election in Nevada's 2nd congressional district will be held on September 13, 2011 to fill the vacancy in 2nd congressional district of Nevada. The vacancy was caused by the resignation of Dean Heller, who was appointed to the United States Senate.


Democratic Primary

  • George S. Bay
  • Chad Dehne, U.S. Marine Corps veteran
  • Blake Franzman
  • R. J. Gillum
  • Zach Jones
  • Kate Marshall, Nevada State Treasurer
  • Jacques Maye
  • Nancy Price, former regent of the Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Rex Ricks

Republican Primary

  • Mark Amodei, state party chairman and former State Senator
  • Greg Brower, State Senator and former United States Attorney
  • Hal Carmack
  • Guy Felton
  • William R. Graves
  • Edward Hamilton, perennial candidate
  • Ryan Henderson, optician
  • Greg Hudson
  • Robert X. Leeds
  • Kirk Lippold, former USS Cole commander
  • Daniel Miller
  • Troy Orosco
  • Phillip D. Telander
  • Busch Voigts, Jr.
  • Jonathan M. Yuspa
  • Sidney Zeller, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Independent American Party Primary

  • Timothy Fasano

Independent Candidates

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


July 28: The National Republican Congressional Committee's independent expenditure arm has begun airing television ads more than a month before the special election in September. The NRCC has purchased $225,000 worth of television ad time in the Reno TV market. The ad begins airing on July 29 and run through August 11, 2011.

July 5: The Nevada Supreme Court determines the two major political parties can choose one candidate each to run for the state's open Congressional District 2 seat. This puts an end to Secretary of State Ross Miller's vision of a "ballot royale."

May 31: The Supreme Court of Nevada directed the Nevada Democratic Party, the Nevada Republican Party and Secretary of State Ross Miller to address whether the special election can be rescheduled as the dispute might necessitate a delay in holding the election.

May 19: District Judge Todd Russell ruled that the major political parties nominate a single candidate each. Ross Miller asked the office of the Nevada Attorney General to appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Nevada.

May 5: The decision was challenged by the Republican Party. The GOP wants to have the major political parties nominate one candidate each for the office to prevent multiple filings. In the complaint, they stated:

“A fundamental principle of Nevada's electoral statutes is that, in a partisan election, there shall be only one nominee from each political party,”

May 2: Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, announces that the Election for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District will be open to any and all qualified candidates, under an untested 2003 law for replacing House members. Miller said “We have never had a special election for a U.S. House vacancy,” “We have been thoroughly researching the issue for some time. It is my belief that the law is very clear.”