NOTE: For a more complete description of what is happening on this race, scroll down to the post with Dean Heller’s photo.
Round 2 poll is up. Krolicki had garnered enough clicks to put him in 2nd place, but since it’s now clear he will not run, we wanted to know who would get his 20% or so of the vote. This new poll has been up since Saturday.
Results so far on Round 2:
Take the Round 2 Poll here: http://bit.ly/jxcrKV
Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki made it clear this week he will not seek this seat in the special election. Publicly announced candidates so far: Mark Amodei, Sharron Angle, Greg Brower, Kirk Lippold.
Nevada Constitution and/or law give the Governor the job of appointing a replacement for U.S. Senate vacancy, but require a special election to fill a vacancy in U.S. Congress. The Governor must decide when the election takes place, and it must be within a specified time period (180 days, I believe). The Secretary of State is responsible for specifying the rules surrounding the special election. Dean Heller was appointed. Now there is a vacancy. Gov. decided on election date. Secretary of State interpreted the arguably vague law about special elections and announced the rules. That’s the framework we have to work within.
There are at least 2 ideas circulating to solve the issue of too many GOP candidates on the ballot. First, the Nevada Republican Party has apparently filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Ross Miller due to his decision to allow all qualified candidates onto the ballot. The law is clear that there is no primary election allowed. But some in the party believe that tradition, and a less-clear portion of the law give parties the right to choose the candidate in this special election. No indication when there will be a resolution of the lawsuit.
The second idea circulating is that the Republican Party may have sort of a “private’ primary election, or a non-binding candidate preference straw poll before the May 25 filing deadline. Registered Republican voters would show up in their respective county on a specific date to take the straw poll. After the tally, the hope is that all GOP contenders would abide by the straw poll results and only the 1st place winner would officially file for election. Then only 1 GOP name will appear on the ballot. It’s as yet unclear if this is likely, legal or agreed-upon by party leaders or potential candidates.
Secretary of State Ross Miller announced Monday that all qualified candidates may enter the race and be placed on the ballot in the Special Election for September 13. Candidates must file with Secretary of State by May 25. So far, only Dem and GOP canidates have been mentioned publicly. (If you know of someone who will run from a minor party, please email us.)
This poll is to gauge tea party support for the open field of candidates *prior* to the filing deadline.
SO, WHAT TO DO?
Express your opinion and it just might help us gauge who to support.
To take ROUND 2 of the online survey, please click here:
We’ll email the results.
Thank you for your time and your commitment to Nevada and our country.
JOHN & GIA GALLEGOS