Nevada’s Primary Elections: The Key Issues to Watch

Nevada’s ‘Reid Machine’ staring down tough test in midterms

Nevada’s primary voters face a daunting task in choosing their candidates in two weeks’ time.

The Democratic caucus-goers will be asked to vote in a four-person field of 16 candidates who each need to win a majority of the vote on May 6.

In the Republican race, 16 other candidates will fight for a full slate of delegates to the Republican convention, most of whom will be bound to one winner even if they also win their own precincts. If there’s a tied vote and all candidates end up with the same number of votes, the candidate with the highest total delegate vote will win, regardless of how many states they won by.

On the Democratic side, Democrats could face a more difficult test, with more than two dozen candidates vying for four-fifths of 1,511 delegates.

Here’s your run-date guide to all that goes on:


State and local issues will dominate these next two weeks. And while the national presidential campaigns will continue to dominate the news, the Nevada caucuses’ primary is always a crucial test for candidates.

In many contests, the two closest candidates compete intensely in early voting and caucus days, and candidates need to win both to remain viable.

In this cycle, they’re not just competing for delegates — they’re competing for survival.

Here are the key issues to watch:

Health care. Candidates and their supporters have been warning for years that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — commonly known as Obamacare — will kill jobs and cost Nevada economy tens of thousands of jobs. And they’ve been right on that prediction.

With the law requiring all residents to have health insurance, the state’s unemployment rate jumped from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 8.7 percent in 2014. The new health insurance marketplaces — where workers of all ages can shop for coverage with small and large employers, as well as their families — have failed to cover the state’s uninsured and have been

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