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Wyoming Primary Results…a Good Night for Incumbents

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Here are the results for the major statewide races in Tuesday’s primary.

Mead wins the GOP primary for Wyoming governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has won the Republican primary election for Wyoming governor, beating two other GOP candidates as he seeks re-election in November.

Mead, a former federal prosecutor, was elected governor in 2010. During his term, statewide unemployment has dropped to about 4 percent. Mead also has presided over an increase in Wyoming’s savings and enticed high-tech companies to expand in the state.

Mead defeated Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and Cheyenne doctor Taylor Haynes in Tuesday’s vote.

Mead will face Pete Gosar, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, in November.

 

Gosar wins Dem primary for Wyoming governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Democrat Pete Gosar has won his party’s primary for Wyoming governor.

Gosar, a state pilot, ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.

Gosar stepped down as chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party to run when no other candidates surfaced.

This is Gosar’s second campaign for governor in the overwhelmingly Republican state.

Gosar campaigned on issues including worker safety and health care. He’s hoping that by November, voters will come to know him and his stances and look past his party affiliation

Rep. Lummis wins Wyoming GOP congressional primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Rep. Cynthia Lummis has won the Republican primary election for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat, defeating a little-known challenger and all but assuring she will win a fourth term in November.

Lummis beat Jason Senteney, a state corrections officer from Yoder in Tuesday’s primary.

Lummis was first elected to the House in 2008. She will face Democrat Richard Grayson, an Arizona resident who has done no campaigning.

 

Arizona man wins Wyoming Democratic US House vote

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Arizona resident Richard Grayson has won the Democratic primary election for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat.

Grayson, of Apache Junction, Arizona, was unopposed. No one from Wyoming’s struggling Democratic Party registered for the race.

Incumbent GOP Rep. Cynthia Lummis faced one challenger in her party’s primary as she seeks a fourth term in Congress in the November election.

Grayson, a protest candidate, has acknowledged to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that a victory “is not within the realm of possibility.”

 

Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming’s US Senate GOP primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s Mike Enzi has won the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate, beating four challengers as he seeks a fourth term.

The 70-year-old Enzi says he’s seeking another term because his seniority on several Senate committees serves Wyoming’s interests. His priorities include simplifying the tax code

Enzi’s most serious challenger had been Liz Cheney, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. She had difficulty getting mainstream Republicans to back her candidacy and, citing family health issues, dropped out of the race in January.

He defeated Bryan Miller of Sheridan, Thomas Bleming of Lusk, Arthur Bruce Clifton of Cheyenne and James Gregory of Jackson, in Tuesday’s primary.

 

Incumbent Mark Gordon wins GOP treasurer race

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Incumbent state Treasurer Mark Gordon has won the Republican nomination for a full four-year term in the office.

Gordon soundly defeated Ron Redo of Cheyenne, a former auditor for the state of California, in Tuesday’s primary election.

Gordon is a Johnson County rancher and businessman. He was appointed treasurer in 2012 following the death of former treasurer Joe Meyer.

There was no Democratic candidate for treasurer. The Democrats’ only hope of fielding an opponent to Gordon is with a write-in candidate.

 

Ed Murray wins GOP secretary of state primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cheyenne businessman Ed Murray has narrowly won the Republican primary for secretary of state.

Murray edged former House Speaker Ed Buchanan of Torrington by about 1,600 votes out of 89,000 cast.

No one ran in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

The GOP race became a free-for-all after incumbent Max Maxfield announced he would not seek a third term. Maxfield is stepping down despite winning a Wyoming Supreme Court ruling that overturned a two-term limit.

Murray invested $360,000 of his own money in the race, compared to about $94,000 raised by Buchanan.

Pete Illoway of Cheyenne and Rock Springs City Councilman Clark Stith ran well behind Murray and Buchanan.

 

Tea party leaders don’t fare so well in primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two top tea party organizers in Wyoming lost their bids for legislative seats as most state Senate and House incumbents fended off challengers in Tuesday’s primary.

One of the few incumbents to lose was Republican Rep. Matt Teeters of Lingle. Teeters is chairman of the House Education Committee and co-author of the changes to the state superintendent of public instruction office that were later declared unconstitutional.

Teeters lost to insurance agent and rancher Cheri Steinmetz, of Lingle, by about 400 votes.

Three other incumbent Republicans also lost.

The tea party faction of the state Republican Party was particularly upset over the superintendent issue. But that didn’t necessarily translate into voters endorsing tea party candidates.

 

Jillian Balow wins GOP superintendent primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Jillian Balow has won a three-way primary for the Republican nomination for Wyoming superintendent of public instruction.

Balow, a former teacher and education official, advances to the general election against Mike Ceballos. Ceballos was unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

The current superintendent, Cindy Hill, opted to run in the GOP primary for governor. She lost to incumbent Gov. Matt Mead.

Hill’s battles with Gov. Matt Mead and legislators produced upheaval in the education department. Hill was removed last year, only to be reinstated by a court this year.

Balow blames Hill for problems affecting Wyoming’s public schools.

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