Hutchison's big number: $850,000

So maybe lieutenant governor IS the most important office in the state?

State Sen. Mark Hutchison will report more than $850,000 raised for the job usually seen as, to coin a phrase, a bucket of warm spit, sources confirm. That is sure to be much, much more than what ex-state GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden or Assemblywoman Lucy Flores reports.

Perspective: Before he ran for re-election in 2010, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki reported raising $139,000.

It's good to be anointed by a governor protecting his flank in case he should decide to run against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or accept a judgeship/Cabinet post. (By the way, this surely means Gov. Brian Sandoval has raised seven figures.)