Election 2018
Through the lens: Scenes from the primary campaign trail
By
The Nevada Independent Staff
Shoppers enter Cardenas Market during the first day of early voting on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

The madness begins a year out as the first candidates throw their names into the ring. As the months unfold, more join the fray and announce their candidacies for local, statewide or federal offices. Then it’s all about drumming up dollars to pay for those attack ads; knocking on doors to turn out the base; and repeating their favored campaign lines in any public venue. Welcome to an election year — a misleading term given the pomp and circumstance that begins well before the calendar hits Jan. 1.

A heated gubernatorial race, some crowded congressional battles and a big underlying question — will people pack the polls in protest of President Trump? — have made Nevada’s primary races a riveting show. And it’s only just begun.

But before the craziness intensifies heading into the November general election, here’s a look back at the first half of the cycle. Nevada Independent photographer Jeff Scheid captured scenes from the primary campaign trail.

A selection of buttons for sale during a Power to the Polls rally kicking off a nationwide voter registration tour at Sam Boyd Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

Republican delegate Ray Lehaman attends the Clark County Republican Convention at the Santa Fe Station on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

 

A row of chairs for members of the military during a Republican political rally and barbecue in Las Vegas on Friday, April 20, 2018.

 

People attend the Power to the Polls rally, kicking off a nationwide voter registration tour, at Sam Boyd Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

 

Sherrie Brown, right, cheers during the Clark County Republican Convention at the Santa Fe Station on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Giunchigliani, who’s also a Clark County Commissioner, kisses a supporter during her birthday party fundraiser at Downtown Cocktail Room on Monday, Nov. 27, 2018.

 

Carlin, Nev. couple Ann Mejia, 75, and Ralph Siler, 76, express their opinions about President Donald Trump on T-shirts while going through the lunch line at The Terrace at Ruby View Senior and Active Lifestyle Center on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

 

Patricia Messinger wears a Trump T-shirt during the Clark County Republican Convention at the Santa Fe Station on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

 

Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak, left, and Clark County Commissioner Chris Chris Giunchigliani, both running for Nevada governor on the Democratic ticket, shake hands during a gubernatorial forum sponsored by Pro-Choice Nevada on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

 

Adam Laxalt, Republican candidate for Nevada governor, during a campaign event at the Veterans House in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018.

 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Schwartz salutes veterans during a GOP political rally in Las Vegas on Friday, April 20, 2018.

 

Clark County Commissioner Chair Steve Sisolak, left, speaks while Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, right, listens during a gubernatorial forum sponsored by Pro-Choice Nevada on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

 

Republican Congressional District 3 candidates Danny Tarkanian, left, and Michelle Mortensen eat lunch at the Southern Hills Republican Women’s Club of Nevada luncheon debate on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

 

Danny Tarkanian, right, a Republican candidate for Nevada Congressional District 3, takes a photo of conservative talk show host Herman Cain during a reception in Las Vegas on Monday, March 26, 2018.

 

People attend the Power to the Polls rally, kicking off a nationwide voter registration tour, at Sam Boyd Stadium on Sunday, Jan 21, 2018. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

 

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steve Sisolak, left, and Chris Giunchigliani live debate at KNTV on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

 

Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-NV, second from right, glances over to Sen. Dean Heller, left, R-NV, during a Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery on May 28, 2018. Rosen is running to unseat Heller in the November senate race. Also pictured is Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV, second from left, and Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-NV.
INDY FAST FACTS Danny Tarkanian Job: Businessman Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: Dec. 18, 1961 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) University of San Diego (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total Donations: $3,443,619 (8/18/04-5/23/18) Top Donors: Danny Tarkanian $528,440 Stations Casino $74,550 Las Vegas Sands Corp $38,900 Domain.com $26,600 Maloof family $18,000
INDY FAST FACTS Michelle Mortensen Job: Former television reporter Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: February 8, 1977 Other public offices held: None Total donations: $130,999 (10/1/17-5/23/18) Top donors: Wynn Resorts $10,800 ICL Systems $10,500 MGM Resorts $10,000 A Wilsey Properties $5,400 Broidy Capital $5,400 Last report: 5/23/18 Source: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Steve Sisolak Job: Clark County commission chairman Party: Democrat In current office: 2009-present Commission chairman since 2013 Birthdate: December 26, 1953 Education: University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (B.S.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.B.A.) Other public offices held: Nevada System of Higher Education Regent (1999-2009) Total donations: $9,643,393 (1/12/11-5/31/18) Top donors: MGM Resorts International $174,359 Station Casinos/Zuffa: $90,000 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Fidelity National $61,600 Marnell Companies LLC $55,000
INDY FAST FACTS Dan Schwartz Job: State treasurer Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: July 28, 1950 Education: Princeton University (B.A.) Columbia University (M.B.A.) Boston University (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $1,297,546 (9/16/13-5/30/18) Top donors: Dan Schwartz $1,000,353 Pritzker (Anthony, Karen, Jenny) $20,603 Schwartz (Stephen, Yanan, Dana) $15,000
INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Ruben Kihuen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birhdate: April 25, 1980 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) Other public offices held: State Senator, District 10 (2010-2016) State Assemblyman, District 11 (2007-2010) Total donations: $987,929 (2012-2018) Top donors: Naqvi Injury Law $10,800 Border Health $10,000 Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC $10,000 Tpp Export America $10,000 UNITE HERE $10,000 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit:  Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Catherine Cortez Masto Job: U.S. Senator Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: March 29, 1964 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Gonzaga University (J.D.) Other public offices held: Nevada State Attorney General (2007-2015) Total donations: $20,683,341 (2011-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $565,735 League of Conservation Voters $401,508 J Street $185,558 University of California $77,798 University of Nevada $57,754 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Chris Giunchigliani Job: Clark County Commissioner Party: Democrat In current office: 2007-present Birthdate: November 27, 1954 Education: Avila College (B.A.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.A.) Other public offices held: State Assemblywoman, District 9 (1991-2006) Total donations: $2,895,818 (5/08/13-6/7/18) Top donors: Giunchigliani (Chris, Jeanne, JM, Larry, Myrna, Ellen): $65,000 MGM Resorts International $43,165 Caesars Entertainment $35,000 Buck and Aurora Wong $30,000 South Point Hotel & Casino/F&M Advertising $30,000
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000
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