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Barrasso Defeats Chesnut for U.S. Senate

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On Tuesday night, incumbent Republican John Barrasso defeated Democratic challenger Tim Chesnut for another term in the U.S. Senate.

Barrasso says he’s ready to get back to work in Washington, D.C.

There’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” Barrasso said. “Washington continues to spend too much, borrow too much and grow every day and the people of Wyoming know we need to live within our needs – we need a balanced budget amendment, and we have to get the size and the spending of our government under control.”

Chesnut, an underfunded Democratic county commissioner from Laramie, says, despite his loss, he enjoyed the political process.

I had a great time in the process, I got to get out and talk to a lot of people around Wyoming,” Chesnut said. “People were very receptive to my message, and I think it’s just an uphill battle when you’re against a guy that’s willing to spend millions of dollars.”

Barrasso was first appointed to the senate in 2007 to replace the late Craig Thomas. Barrasso then won an election in 2008 to finish Thomas’ term.

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