The 2010 House elections in Nevada occurred on November 2, 2010 to elect the members of the State of Nevada's delegation to the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; the elected served in the 112th Congress from January 3, 2011 until January 3, 2013. Nevada has three seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census.
These elections were held concurrently with other Nevada elections, including the U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, and various other state and local elections.
|United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada, 2010|
In this solidly liberal district based in the city of Las Vegas, incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley ran for her seventh term in Congress. One of the Republicans running in the primary was future assemblywoman and Las Vegas City Council member Michele Fiore. Berkley faced Republican candidate Kenneth Wegner, her opponent from 2008, but Berkley did not face much of a challenge from Wegner. Both the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun endorsed Berkley in her bid for re-election, with the Sun praising her as a "tireless and diligent worker for her constituents," "a champion of seniors and veterans," and "an advocate for education."  In the end, Berkley won by a convincing margin, as expected.
|Democratic||Shelley Berkley (inc.)||103,246||61.75|
|Republican||Kenneth A. Wegner||58,995||35.28|
|Independent American||Jonathon J. Hansen||2,847||1.70|
|Libertarian||Edward George Klapproth||2,118||1.27|
This conservative-leaning district that constitutes all of Nevada outside of Clark County and even some parts of Clark County has been represented by Republican Congressman Dean Heller since he was first elected in 2006. Though Heller faced a close election in 2006 and a somewhat competitive election in 2008, two-time Democratic opponent Jill Derby declined to run for a third time. Instead, Nancy Price, a former regent of the Nevada System of Higher Education, emerged as the Democratic nominee. Criticizing Price’s "glowing" citations of Bernie Sanders, an openly socialist United States Senator and praising Congressman Heller’s "core principles," the Las Vegas Review-Journal endorsed Heller in his bid for a third term. On election day, Heller won by a large margin, as expected.
|Republican||Dean Heller (Incumbent)||169,458||63.30|
|Independent American||Russell Best||10,829||4.05|
Facing her first bid for re-election in this marginally liberal district based in the suburbs of metropolitan Las Vegas, incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Dina Titus, the 2006 Democratic nominee for Governor, faced off against former State Senator Joe Heck. Throughout the campaign, the two candidates argued over the effectiveness of the 2009 Stimulus, how the health care reform bill would affect small businesses, and whether Democratic control of the government has helped or hurt the country.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal strongly criticized Congresswoman Titus for being "a Keynesian to the core" and for believing "government simply isn't spending enough to ensure our prospertity" and praised Republican challenger Heck for bringing "to the office the kind of perspective the House badly needs," endorsing Heck over Titus. The Sun, on the other hand, endorsed Titus, citing her "active and visible" profile and her work to "marshal federal support" to "homeowners hit hard by the economic crisis" as reasons for their endorsement.
Despite the fact that polling showed Heck with a lead over the incumbent Titus, it was a surprisingly close race, and Heck eked into Congress with less than a one percent and 1,700 vote margin of victory.
|Poll Source||Dates Administered||Dina Titus (D)||Joe Heck (R)||Undecided|
|Mason-Dixon||October 25–27, 2010||43%||53%||3%|
|OnMessage Inc.||October 21–24, 2010||42%||49%||-|
|The Hill/ANGA[permanent dead link]||September 25–27, 2010||44%||47%||6%|
|Mason-Dixon||September 7–9, 2010||47%||43%||7%|
|American Action Forum||August 23–24, 2010||45%||48%||7%|
|Mason-Dixon||August 9–11, 2010||43%||42%||8%|
|Mason-Dixon||July 12–14, 2010||42%||40%||9%|
|Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. (Link)||April 5–7, 2010||44%||49%||7%|
|Wilson Research Strategies||March 24–25, 2010||35%||40%||-|
|Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. (Link)||November 30-December 2, 2009||40%||40%||20%|
|Democratic||Dina Titus (inc.)||127,168||47.47|
|Libertarian||Joseph P. Silvestri||4,026||1.50|
|Independent American||Scott David Narter||1,291||0.48|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
- "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 111th Congress." The Cook Political Report. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2011. <http://www.cookpolitical.com/sites/default/files/pvistate.pdf[permanent dead link]>.
- For the House | Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Clear picks for House - Las Vegas Sun News
- Dina Titus, Joe Heck exchange jabs in second debate - Las Vegas Sun News
- Election Center at the Nevada Secretary of State
- U.S. Congress candidates for Nevada at Project Vote Smart
- Nevada U.S. House from OurCampaigns.com
- Campaign contributions for U.S. Congressional races in Nevada from OpenSecrets.org
- 2010 Nevada General Election graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
- House - Nevada from the Cook Political Report
- Election 2010 from Vegas PBS