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Lieutenant Governor's Race Pits Flores Against Hutchison

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The race for Lieutenant Governor in Nevada is an important one this cycle. Because there is a chance that Governor Brian Sandoval will run against U.S. Senator Harry Reid in 2016. And if he leaves office, the lieutenant governor elected in November would be ushered right into the Governor's Office for the balance of his term. And those running don't have the longest resumes in the state.

Lucy Flores is the Democrat on the ticket. She has talked much about her past.

"I was the child of immigrants" she says. "I grew up in Las Vegas. My mother left when I was 9. My father raised us but I fell through the cracks. After getting involved with the wrong crowd and dropping out of high school, it was a parole officer who turned me around and got me back on track to get my GED."

Flores says she wants to bolster education and save other children facing similar challenges. She is currently a representative in Assembly District 28.

Mark Hutchison is currently a State Senator in District 6. He is also from Las Vegas - and is a third generation Nevadan who has run businesses and says he's lived the American Dream in Nevada.

"Why am I running?" he asks. "I am running because I want to help as many Nevadans as I can live that dream. I really think that's what government is about, creating opportunity for us to live that."

Hutchison led the charge for Nevada in its lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. We fought, but lost.

Both are against the margin tax - Flores because she feels it's not broad-based enough and Hutchison because he feels it would be bad for business.

They both want to see education flourish here and for the economic recovery to continue.

But neither is running specifically on any of the duties of the Lieutenant Governor's Office, which include being the President of the Senate and to generate Tourism and Economic Development.
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