Nevada’s U.S. House races to have the fewest candidates per seat this year since at least 2018

The filing deadline for candidates running for state or federal office in Nevada was March 18, 2022. This year, 38 candidates are running in Nevada’s four U.S. House districts, including 21 Republicans, 12 Democrats, and five independent or third-party candidates. That’s 9.5 candidates per district, less than the 10.0 candidates per district in 2020 and 10.5 candidates per district in 2018.

Here are some other highlights from this year’s filings:

  • This is the first election to take place under new district lines following the 2020 census. Nevada was apportioned four congressional seats, the same number of seats it had after the 2010 census.
  • All four incumbent representatives are running for re-election in the district they currently represent.
  • Incumbent Rep. Steven Horsford (D) in Nevada’s 4th is the only incumbent not facing a primary challenger. Uncontested primaries in Nevada are canceled, so Horsford automatically advanced to the general election.
  • The last open seat elections in Nevada took place in 2018 in Nevada’s 3rd and 4th districts. 
  • In 2012, the last election year after redistricting, there were two open-seat elections.
  • No districts are guaranteed to either party. Both Democratic and Republican candidates have filed to run in all four districts.
  • The 2nd district has 14 candidates running, more than any other district. Five Republicans, including incumbent Rep. Mark Amodei, seven Democrats, and two third-party candidates have filed to run.

Nevada’s U.S. House primaries are scheduled for June 14, 2022. Candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will advance to the general election.

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