yesterday came up short and, as predicted, Nevada’s #2 liberal
blogger, Jon Ralston, was crowing with glee about a supposed
Of course, Ralston’s depth of thinking is approximately that of a
parking lot puddle. He thinks short-term; conservatives here are
building for the long term. And last night was anything but a
“massacre” for conservatives in Nevada. Here’s the real story that
Ralston and the GOP establishment don’t want told…
Mark Hutchison, the Million Dollar Man, got just a little over 50
percent of the vote for lieutenant governor despite enjoying the full
backing of a Republican governor who himself got some 90 percent of
the vote in a contested primary. How does winning a race you were
expected to win that shouldn’t have even been close count as a major
On the other hand, Ron Knecht, conservative Tax Pledge signing
candidate for Controller, won the only other GOP primary for a
statewide office. So conservatives batted .500 there. Not a bad
Conservative Tax Pledge signer Annette Teijeiro won the GOP primary for CD1.
The four moderates who ran as conservatives in the four contested GOP
state senate primaries won. Did I mention that all four moderates ran
as conservatives? Oh, and VASTLY outspent their conservative
Indeed, running as conservatives, the establishment GOP pretty much
won all the races they should have won. Big whoop.
Meanwhile, conservative Assemblyman and Tax Pledge signer John
Hambrick won his primary handily.
As did conservative Assemblywoman and Tax Pledge signer Michele Fiore.
As did the conservative who Ralston and the GOP establishment love to
hate and ridicule the most, Assemblyman and Tax Pledge signer Jim
Conservative Tax Pledge signer Lisa Krasner held moderate incumbent
Assemblyman Randy “Kirner Tax” Kirner to under 50 percent in a
multi-candidate GOP primary and will face him one-on-one again in the
general election since no Democrat or third-party candidates filed in
Indeed, if the two conservative candidates hadn’t split the
conservative vote in this race, Kirner would have been toast. And
there’s a chance he still might lose in November.
HUGE upset in Assembly District 31 in Washoe County, where Assembly
Minority Leader Pat Hickey’s hand-picked moderate candidate, Sparks
City Councilman Ron Schmitt — who was also endorsed by Gov. Sandoval
and the rest of the establishment elite — lost to conservative Tax
Pledge signer Jill Dickman, who was VASTLY outspent (but not
And another HUGE conservative victory in rural Assembly District 38
where another of Hickey’s hand-picked moderate candidates lost to
conservative Tax Pledge signer Dr. Robin Titus.
Conservative Tax Pledge signer Brent Jones won the Assembly District
35 GOP primary.
Former Clark County GOP Chairman Richard Scotti made it to the general
election for District Judge in District 8, Department 2.
Judge Susan Johnson stomped her opponent, who played the “race card”
against another judge a week ago, in the District 8, Department 22
race. (Judge Johnson is also a FINE JUDGE of good wine!)
Joe Scalia moved onto the general election in the District Court,
Family Division, Department B race.
Conservative newcomer Ralph Krauss is going to the general election
against Clark County School Board trustee Carolyn Edwards.
And last, but certainly not least, former Clark County GOP Chairman
Cindy Lake won her primary race for Clark County Commission District
So now the pressure’s on the establishment folks…
Sandoval & Company got the candidate they hand-picked for lieutenant
governor. They have no excuse if they lose to the former gang-banger
And Senate Minority Leader Moderate Mike Roberson won his primary and
got the candidates he hand-picked for the two contested seats that
will determine which party controls the upper house in next year’s
Legislature, so he, too, will have no excuse if he blows it.
As for Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey — well, he’s hopeless.
Hickey didn’t support Fiore, and she won. He tried to kill Wheeler,
politically speaking, and Wheeler won. His “yes man” Kirner, didn’t
win the GOP primary outright and now has to face a general election
run-off. He recruited a candidate against Titus, and Titus won. He
recruited a candidate against Dickman, and Dickman won.
Yeah, I think we know who the biggest loser of the night was… and it
sure wasn’t conservatives.
Look, the only reason conservatives didn’t have a much bigger night
was the money and power the establishment brought to bear under the
wings of a moderate, though extremely popular, Republican governor —
who, by the way, won’t be running for governor again in 2016.
The establishment candidates ran as conservatives, lied about their
own records and positions on issues, and lied about their opponents’
records and positions. Yes, a win is a win. But talk about winning
And something tells me a lot of the moderates who dodged bullets on
Tuesday who go on to win in November won’t be voting so much like
Democrats in Carson City next year. Moderates have been warned and put
on notice. Those who don’t learn from this year’s lesson will just be
primary bait again next cycle.
And next cycle, they just might not be so lucky.
As I wrote previously, the 2014 GOP primaries weren’t the end of the
conservative/Tea Party/liberty movement in Nevada no matter what
happened at the ballot box. This was a building year. It was just the
beginning. To quote a certain former conservative U.S. president, you
ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public
policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached at