- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Republican lieutenant governor candidate Mark Hutchison has pulled way ahead of Lucy Flores in fundraising, raking in nearly four times as much money as his Democratic opponent.

Campaign-finance disclosures filed with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office by a Tuesday deadline showed Hutchison had raised $2.4 million so far, including more than $1 million since June. Flores has raised about $654,000 since she declared her candidacy, including about $305,000 since June.

“We always knew that we would be outspent,” Flores said in a statement Wednesday. “But we also knew that we have the real momentum in this race. Our focus on everyday Nevadans … is the reason that there is still a race.”

Hutchison, a lawyer and state senator, is endorsed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and has blanketed airwaves with TV commercials that prominently feature the popular governor. Major donors to his campaign include SLS Hotel owners SBE, as well as the Las Vegas Sands, the MGM Grand and the owner of the Treasure Island casino hotel.

Flores is a Nevada assemblywoman backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. She has run fewer TV ads, but she has garnered national press with her story of leaving a gang during her youth and earning a law degree. Her major supporters include several labor unions and the ridesharing company Lyft.

The race, which is normally low-key, is significant this time because the winner would replace Sandoval if he’s re-elected, then leaves the office in 2016 to run for another post.

Sandoval, who is expected to cruise to re-election in November, has raised $3.7 million in the past two years. Reports show he’s spent more than $1.7 million since June on his campaign, which has included billboards and positive TV commercials highlighting Nevada’s economic recovery.

His little-known Democratic opponent, Bob Goodman, has raised just $7,000.

In the heated race to replace termed-out Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Democrat Ross Miller has outraised his Republican opponent, Adam Laxalt.

Miller, who’s in his second term as secretary of state, has raised $2.1 million so far. His major donors include a litany of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, as well Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and the Nevada teachers’ union.

Laxalt, an attorney and former Navy judge advocate general, has pulled in $1.2 million. His major contributors include casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, as well as Sandoval’s campaign and casinos.

The contest between Miller and Laxalt is playing out in dueling TV commercials, including ads that highlight a scathing job-performance evaluation of Laxalt and ones that pan Miller for accepting gifts while in office.

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