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Democrat Ross Miller outpaces Republican Adam Laxalt in new campaign finance reports

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Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller testifies at the Legislative Building in Carson City on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Democrat Ross Miller nearly doubled his Republican opponent Adam Laxalt in campaign fundraising since mid-May, according to new reports filed today.

All candidates running in Tuesday's primary have to file their last round of fundraising and spending reports today. The reports cover the period between May 17 and today. These are the last reports required until October.

This story will be updated as more candidates file their reports.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Miller collected $86,963 and Laxalt raised $47,387. The results show that Miller has stepped up his fundraising since the first quarter reports came out last month. Laxalt collected $543,503 in the first quarter of 2014, and Miller, the current secretary of state, only raised $255,000. Miller's recent uptick, amounting to approximately $700,000, adds to his lead over Laxalt.

In total, Miller has raised $1.3 million and Laxalt $590,890.

Miller has spent $273,713.72 this year and Laxalt has spent only $130,108.99.

Both candidates have deep roots in Nevada politics. Miller is the son of former Gov. Bob Miller and Laxalt is the grandson of former Nevada Sen. Paul Laxalt.

Some notable names on the Miller contribution list come from the Primm family and MGM.

Laxalt has raked in cash and endorsements from Republican royalty, such as former Vice President Dick Cheney and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In his latest report, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge donated along with former Clark County district attorney David Roger and former Nevada Lieutenant Gov. Lorraine Hunt.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Republican Sue Lowden collected $211,734 between May 17 and June 6. But don’t let the big number fool you. She was her biggest donor. Lowden wrote herself a check for $65,000 and another for $100,000 last month. She also received $20,000 from Las Vegas Sands and its associated businesses.

Republican Mark Hutchison collected $147,226 since mid May brining his total to $1.4 million since announcing his run late last year. He’s Gov. Brian Sandoval’s hand-picked candidate and has been able to tap a strong network of donors.

Democrat Lucy Flores raised $ 33,294.50 since May 17. She’s raised nearly $350,000 this year and spent $103,552.26. The question for Flores is whether she’ll be able to raise enough money to keep up with the Republican who wins Tuesday's primary.

Depending on the results of Tuesday’s primary, Flores will either battle Sue Lowden or state Sen. Mark Hutchison. Gov. Brian Sandoval hand-picked Hutchison to run. Hutchison has showed strong fundraising numbers this year and in late 2013. Neither Hutchison or Lowden filed new reports by 5 pm on Friday.

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