Nevada lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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Nevada Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Race rating: Toss-up

November 4 Election Winner:
Mark Hutchinson Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Brian Krolicki Republican Party
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Nevada State Executive Elections
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The Nevada lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Brian Krolicki (R) was first elected in 2006 and was not eligible to seek re-election due to term limits. The race to replace Krolick included Lucy Flores (D), Mark Hutchison (R) and Mike Little (I). Hutchison won election to a four-year term.

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]

The Nevada lieutenant gubernatorial race drew high-profile politicos to the Silver State following Labor Day. U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) campaigned for Hutchison, with hopes of freeing up Gov. Brian Sandoval for a 2016 challenge to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid attracted donors and campaign aides for the Democratic candidate in the race, state Rep. Lucy Flores.[4] To read more about the implications of this race, check out our race background and debates sections.


General election

Republican Party Mark Hutchison Green check mark transparent.png[5]
Democratic Party Lucy Flores[6]
Independent Mike Little[7]


Republican Party Brian Krolicki - Incumbent

Defeated in primary

Republican Party Sue Lowden[8]
Republican Party Chris Dyer[7]
Democratic Party Harley Kulkin[7]


General election

Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 59.5% 324,443
     Democratic Lucy Flores 33.6% 183,571
     Independent American Mike Little 3.9% 21,221
     Independent None of these candidates 3% 16,298
Total Votes 545,533
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican primary

Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 53.8% 62,939
Sue Lowden 36.1% 42,290
Chris Dyer 5.8% 6,824
None of these candidates 4.3% 5,011
Total Votes 117,064
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% 52,324
None of these candidates 15.7% 11,515
Harley Kulkin 12.8% 9,368
Total Votes 73,207
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.[9][10] In the past, only seven of the 34 former lieutenant governors moved into the top position of governor. In 2016, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, is up for re-election, and Brian Sandoval, who won re-election as Governor of Nevada in the 2014 election, could be encouraged to run against Reid in 2016 thanks to Hutchison's victory. Article 5, Section 18 of the Nevada Constitution addressing vacancies states that the lieutenant governor replaces the governor in case of death or resignation.[11]


October 15 debate

Lucy Flores (D) and Mark Hutchison (R) traded criticisms about ethics, education reform and taxes during a debate hosted by Vegas PBS. Flores criticized Hutchison for failing to report a $15,000 trip to Israel sponsored by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. This point was made in response to Hutchison's criticism of Flores for failing to report her use of campaign funds for personal expenses. Hutchison also noted that Flores participated in the Israel trip and he was not found guilty of breaking state campaign finance laws.[12]

Hutchison pointed to Flores's record on education in the Nevada State Legislature to indicate weakness on the issue. The Republican candidate indicated that Flores voted against reform proposals including flexibility for families to switch from public schools to charter schools and a $2 million proposal to hire Teach for America teachers for struggling schools. Flores dismissed the Republican-led reforms as insufficient to deal with the state's education issues and called for adequate public education funding.[12]

The debate also raised questions about the candidates' support for Question 3, a statewide ballot measure that would add a 2 percent margin tax on businesses to benefit education. Both candidates expressed opposition to Question 3 due to the potential impacts on businesses. Flores suggested that Hutchison originally supported the measure in 2013, but switched his views on Question 3 to win statewide office. Hutchison countered that Flores and other state Democrats had not been effective on tax issues, arguing that economic growth is a better tool for government funding rather than higher taxes.[12]

September 3 debate

Flores and 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. Hutchison 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.[13]

A discussion of immigration policy started with consensus over the need for comprehensive reform at the national level. Hutchison 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. Hutchison's responses followed questions by Flores over the sincerity of his support for comprehensive reform.[13]

Flores expressed support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Nevada, noting a potential windfall for state tourism. Hutchison 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.[13]


Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
Poll Mark Hutchison (R) Lucy Flores (D)Mike Little (I)Undecided/None of these candidatesMargin of ErrorSample Size
September 29-October 1, 2014
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Past elections

Margin of victory analysis

The average margin of victory in the past three races for lieutenant governor was 10.7 percent. The smallest margin of victory was 9.4 percent in 2010, while the largest margin of victory was 12.6 percent in 2006. Vote shares for third-party candidates have averaged 3.7 percent since 2002, while the "None of these candidates" ballot line has averaged 3.4 percent. The following chart compares the margin of victory for winners of lieutenant governor races with the margin of victory for candidates who won the most votes for the top race on the ballot:[14]

Margin of victory analysis
Year Lt. gov. candidate margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate Top race on ballot Party of winning candidate Margin of victory (%)
2010 9.4 Republican Party Governor of Nevada Republican Party 11.8
2006 12.6 Republican Party Governor of Nevada Republican Party 4
2002 10.2 Republican Party Governor of Nevada Republican Party 46.2


See also: Nevada lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Krolicki Incumbent 51.3% 360,590
     Democratic Jessica Sferrazza 41.9% 294,564
     Independent American Ryan Fitzgibbons 3.7% 26,306
     Nonpartisan None of these candidates 3.1% 22,035
Total Votes 703,495
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State


Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Krolicki 52.2% 301,258
     Democratic Robert "Bob" Unger 39.6% 228,521
     Independent American Thomas Jefferson 4.4% 25,406
     Nonpartisan None of these candidates 3.7% 21,531
Total Votes 576,716
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State


Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLorraine Hunt Incumbent 51.8% 260,768
     Democratic Erin Kenny 41.6% 209,300
     Nonpartisan None of these candidates 3.4% 17,118
     Libertarian William Oswald 1.8% 9,171
     Independent American Merritt Yochum 1.3% 6,609
Total Votes 502,966
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $4,451,263 during the election. This information was last updated on March 23, 2015.[15]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Mark Hutchinson Republican Party Nevada Lieutenant Governor Won $2,854,192
Lucy Flores Democratic Party Nevada Lieutenant Governor Defeated $911,463
Sue Lowden Republican Party Nevada Lieutenant Governor Defeated $685,108
Harley Kulkin Democratic Party Nevada Lieutenant Governor Defeated $500
Chris Dyer Republican Party Nevada Lieutenant Governor Defeated $0
Mike Little Independent Nevada Lieutenant Governor Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $4,451,263

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
January 6, 2014 First day of candidate filing
January 17, 2014 Last day of candidate filing
July 10, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 25, 2014 Certification of election results
January 5, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials

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See also

External links

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  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. The Washington Post, "Why senior Republican senators are showing up for a lieutenant governor’s race in Nevada," September 11, 2014
  5. News 4, Hutchison to run for Nevada lieutenant governor, July 8, 2013
  6. RGJ, Democrats' lieutenant governor candidate Flores is young and ambitious; Is her goal to become first Latina governor of Nevada? February 20, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Nevada Secretary of State, 2014 Filed Candidates, Accessed March 17, 2014
  8. Mohave Daily News, Lowden to Run for Office, August 5, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Summer is almost over. Here’s what you should read to get ready for the elections this fall," August 30, 2014
  10. The 10 Midterm Races That Matter for 2016," September 4, 2014
  11. Washington Post, The most important race you’ve never heard of, August 21, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Status quo isn't popular at lieutenant governor's debate," October 15, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Nevada lieutenant governor candidates clash in Vegas," September 3, 2014
  14. Nevada Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed September 23, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Overview of Nevada 2014 elections," accessed March 27, 2015