Yesterday was primary election day in Wyoming and as expected, 3-term Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney lost her reelection bid by a wide margin to challenger Harriet Hageman.
Hageman, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, beat Cheney by better than a 2-1 margin as she tallied over 113,000 to Cheney’s 49,000. 3 other challengers had about 9,000 combined.
Cheney carried only 2 counties – Albany and Teton – in the state where the GOP central committee had censured her for voting for Trump’s impeachment, rejecting his claims of 2020 voter fraud, and serving on the House Jan 6 committee.
Hageman is virtually assured of winning in November. Lynette GreyBull won the Democratic nomination, but got only 45-hundred votes.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon easily defeated 3 challengers in the Republican primary, drawing 101,000 to Brent Bien’s nearly 49,000. Theresa Livingston won on the Democrat side, but with just under 5,000.
The Democrats had no candidates for Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, or State School Superintendent.
In the open race for Secretary of State, where Ed Buchanan is stepping down to become a judge, Chuck Gray of Casper topped fellow state lawmaker Tara Nethercott of Cheyenne 76,000 to 63,000 in a 4-way Republican race.
Recently appointed State Superintendent Brian Schroeder lost his bid to run for a full term as he was defeated by Megan Degenfelder of Laramie 59,000 to 56,000
Treasurer Curt Meier had an easy win over Bill Gallop 97,000 to 41,000 and Kristi Racines was unopposed for Auditor.