Sandoval, Heller, Heck step up anointment of Hutchison

In case anyone hasn't received the message yet -- and I have no idea who you are -- state Sen. Mark Hutchison is The Chosen One for lieutenant governor.

In his latest fundraiser, a Dec. 18 event hyped today via email by his campaign, Hutchison has the three top Republicans, gaming types and the widow of a man who was very close to Hutchison's opponent, Sue Lowden. Yes, Dale Raggio, whose husband, Bill, once was on the board of Lowden's casino company and mentored her as a state senator, is on the invite, as his her close friend and former first lady, Dema Guinn.

This is yet another in a series of message-sending events, with Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Joe Heck headlining. Phil Ruffin (TI), Denice Miller (MGM) and Craig Cavileer (Silverton) represent the state's pre-eminent industry. NV Energy boss Michael Yackira, ex-Gov. Bob List,, business doyen Monte Miller and GOP consultant extraordinaire Sig Rogich also are on the list, as you can see below.

Anyone taking bets on how much Hutchison shows in January? I'd say well north of $500,000 -- maybe even $750,000? To get there, Lowden will have to put in some of her own money, which will thrill vendors she has not paid from 2010.

(By the way, the Vegas event comes a day after a Reno fundraiser at the home of prominent lobbyist John Sande.)