Lt. governor campaign dominated Nevada TV ad buys

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lieutenant governor candidate Mark Hutchison's successful attempt to fend off a Republican primary challenger accounts for the lion's share of $1.6 million spent on political TV ads this year in Nevada's state-level races.

Data released Wednesday by the Center for Public Integrity show $1.3 million has been spent so far on the race for the governor's backup. More than $800,000 went toward Hutchison ads, while more than $400,000 went to his challenger Sue Lowden.

Lieutenant governor is the most-watched statewide race this cycle because the winner would take over the governorship should Gov. Brian Sandoval leave halfway through his term to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The nonpartisan investigative journalism organization reviewed data about political advertising on national cable and broadcast television in all of the country's 210 media markets.

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