Tea Party of Nevada

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The Tea Party of Nevada is a minor political party in Nevada.[1][2][3] It fielded Scott Ashjian in the United States Senate election in Nevada, 2010.[4][5][6]


The Tea Party of Nevada qualified as a minor political party with the Nevada Secretary of State on January 27, 2010.[1] Ashjian's supporters created the party by filing more than the 250 signatures needed.[7] The Tea Party of Nevada's stated goals include striving to "promote this nation's founding principles of freedom, liberty and a small representative government."[8] The party stated in its preamble that both major political parties were responsible for a "massive national debt" in the United States, and that the "great conservative majority in America" should not believe that the Democrats and Republicans would support their views.[9]

Ashjian filed his candidacy on March 2, 2010, and became the candidate of the Tea Party of Nevada for United States Senate in the 2010 Nevada general election.[10] Ashjian's candidacy is the only one which appears as the "Tea Party" on the November 2010 ballot.[11] In April 2010, Ashjian faced a legal challenge which attempted to remove his name from the ballot.[12] Carson City, Nevada district judge James Todd Russell heard arguments on whether Ashjian could remain on the ballot starting on April 14.[12] Judge Russell ultimately ruled that Ashjian complied with the intent of the law and he could remain on the ballot.[12] The American Independent Party, which brought the suit against Ashjian,[12] filed an appeal of the case to the Nevada Supreme Court.[10][13] On October 6, 2010, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling that Ashjian's candidacy would remain on the November 2010 ballot.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b Nevada Secretary of State. "Qualified Political Parties". Election Center. www.nvsos.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  2. ^ Nevada Secretary of State. "2010 Filed Candidates". Election Center. www.nvsos.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  3. ^ Tetreault, Steve (2010-03-08). "GOP Senate campaign chief downplays Tea Party impact in Nevada". Las Vegas Review Journal. 
  4. ^ J. Patrick Coolican, "Tea Party candidate could siphon GOP votes in bid to remove Harry Reid," Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 5, 2010.
  5. ^ Tetreault, Steve (2010-03-08). "GOP Senate campaign chief downplays Tea Party impact in Nevada". Las Vegas Review Journal. 
  6. ^ Kristi Jordan, "Tea Party hopeful Ashjian gives voters third choice," Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Vogel, Ed (April 15, 2010). "Ashjian admits GOP status". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 1B. 
  8. ^ Jourdan, Kristi; Benjamin Spi (February 22, 2010). "Skeptics question Tea Party of Nevada". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 2B. 
  9. ^ Vogel, Ed (March 23, 2010). "Tea Party candidate is sued". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 1B. 
  10. ^ a b Dornan, Geoff (April 15, 2010). "Ashjian stays on the ballot". Nevada Appeal. Carson City, Nevada. 
  11. ^ Myers, Laura (October 1, 2010). "Ashjian not leaving race". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 1B. 
  12. ^ a b c d Vogel, Ed (April 15, 2010). "Tea Party of Nevada candidate Ashjian to remain on ballot". Las Vegas Review-Journal. www.lvrj.com. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  13. ^ Vogel, Ed (May 14, 2010). "Party announces appeal over Ashjian's candidacy". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 2B. 
  14. ^ "Nev. Supreme Court: Ashjian 's name stays on ballot". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The New York Times Company. October 6, 2010. 
  15. ^ Vogel, Ed; Steve Tetreault (October 7, 2010). "Conservatives lose bid to ax Ashjian from Nov. 2 ballot". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 6A. 

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