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.