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Election Had Little Impact on Nevada Legislature

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LAS VEGAS -- As a result of Tuesday's election, Democrats maintained their 11-10 edge in the state Senate and added one seat in the Assembly for what is now a 27-to-15 majority.

But the results mean Democrats are still short of the two-thirds majorities needed in both houses to override vetoes from Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

As always, every Assembly seat was up for grabs. Twelve of the 21 Senate seats also were contested.

One of the Assembly seats was won by Democratic candidate Andrew Martin in District 9. However, the results may be contested because a judge ruled Monday that Martin does not live in the district.

Martin defeated Republican Kelly Hurst 53 percent to 47 percent. Martin said he plans to appeal the judge's ruling.

Democrats have held at least partial control of the Assembly since 1987. Following the 2008 election, Democrats took control of the Senate for the first time since 1993.

Both chambers will have new leaders, as one-term Speaker of the House John Oceguera lost to Rep. Joe Heck in the 3rd Congressional District and Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford vacated his seat to run for the newly created 4th District seat in Congress. Nevada moved from three to four seats in the U.S. House of Representatives following the 2010 Census.

Voter-instituted term limits will force out four senators this year. Republicans Mike McGinness and Dean Rhoads, and Democrats Valerie Wiener and Mike Schneider are not eligible to run again in the Senate.

Assembly terms are two years and Senate terms are four years.

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