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Lieutenant governor hopefuls square off in debate

Lieutenant governor hopefuls square off in debate

CREATED Sep 3, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada lieutenant governor candidate Lucy Flores is touting herself as a champion of struggling everyday voters.

Opponent Mark Hutchison is saying that he worked hard to reach the American dream.

Flores, a Democrat, and Hutchison, a Republican, squared off Wednesday in a crowded Las Vegas restaurant for a debate hosted by the Hispanics in Politics organization.

Flores has drawn national press coverage after leaving behind life in a gang, earning a law degree and winning a state Assembly seat.

Hutchison is a lawyer and state senator who enjoys the support of popular Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Lieutenant governor is a largely ceremonial job.

But it's getting extra attention this year because the winner would take the governor's seat if Sandoval runs against U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2016.