Nevada Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Nevada Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Brian Krolicki Republican Party
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Nevada State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller

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The Nevada lieutenant gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Brian Krolicki (R) was first elected in 2006 and is not eligible to seek re-election.

Nevada is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]


General election

Defeated in primary


Primary results

Republican primary

Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 53.8% 62,920
Sue Lowden 36.1% 42,280
Chris Dyer 5.8% 6,824
None of these candidates 4.3% 5,008
Total Votes 117,032
Election Results Via:Nevada Secretary of State.

Democratic primary

Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLucy Flores 71.5% 52,305
Harley Kulkin 12.8% 9,366
None of these 15.7% 11,508
Total Votes 73,179
Election Results Via:Nevada Secretary of State.

Race background

The Nevada lieutenant gubernatorial race was identified as one of the more compelling elections in 2014 by The Washington Post and National Journal.[8][9] In the past, only seven of the thirty-four former lieutenant governors have moved into the top position of governor, but depending on who wins this election, that person may have a better chance at becoming the eighth. In 2016, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, will be running for re-election, and Brian Sandoval, who is running for re-election as Governor of Nevada in the 2014 election, will more than likely be encouraged to run against Reid in 2016 if he wins the gubernatorial election, which is looking favorable. Sandoval will be more likely to run for the new position if a fellow Republican holds the lieutenant governor's seat as that person will take over the Governor's office as stated in Article 5, Section 18 of the Nevada Constitution addressing vacancies.[10]


September 3 debate

Lucy Flores and Mark Hutchison squared off over education funding, immigration and same-sex marriage during a debate hosted by Hispanics in Politics. Flores criticized Gov. Sandoval and state Republicans for failing to restore $1 billion in school funding cut during the recent recession. She also voiced opposition for school vouchers, arguing that expanded choice won't improve education outcomes. Hutchinson countered that legislators increased education spending by $500 million in 2013, while noting that additional funds should be tied to reforms in teacher assessment. He also supported school vouchers and expanded choice to improve outcomes for low-income students.[11]

A discussion of immigration policy started with consensus over the need for comprehensive reform at the national level. Hutchinson cited his work with Democrats in the state senate on driver's permits for immigrants and restrictions on notarios, or dishonest immigration brokers. He criticized President Barack Obama for using executive orders to halt deportations rather than pursuing congressional action. Hutchinson's responses followed questions by Flores over the sincerity of his support for comprehensive reform.[11]

Flores expressed support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Nevada, noting a potential windfall for state tourism. Hutchinson referred to his Mormon beliefs in opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage. He added that while he cannot support marriage, he opposes social discrimination of same-sex couples.[11]

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