Lowden Announces Run for Lieutenant Governor

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Former Nevada State Senator Sue Lowden is throwing her hat into the race for lieutenant governor.

The Republican announced her bid Wednesday morning, saying she'd make the part-time position her full-time job if elected.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has already endorsed another Republican, State Sen. Mark Hutchison, in the race, which could be a springboard into the governor's mansion.

The lieutenant governor steps in if the governor leaves office. The winner could take over if Sandoval wins re-election in 2014 as expected and then runs for a federal office two years later.

Lowden is a former Nevada Republican Party chairwoman who ran for U.S. Senate in 2010. She lost the Republican primary to Sharron Angle, who later lost the Senate bid to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.