2012 elections preview: Wyoming voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries

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August 20, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continues with elections in Wyoming tomorrow.

Here's what to watch for in Wyoming, where polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time on Election Day.[1]

Contested Primaries in Wyoming -- August 21, 2012
U.S. House
(1 seats)
State Legislature
(75 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 0 (0%) 2 (2.7%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 0 (0%) 31 (41.3%)


U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in Wyoming, 2012

There are six candidates running for Wyoming's U.S. Senate seat tomorrow - 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats. Incumbent John Barrasso is challenged by Emmett Mavy and Thomas Bleming in the Republican primary. On the other side of the aisle, Al Hamburg, Tim Chesnut, and William Bryk, vie for the Democratic nomination.

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Wyoming, 2012

Wyoming has a single seat on the ballot in 2012. A total of 3 candidates have filed to run, made up of 1 Democratic challenger, 1 incumbent, and 1 Libertarian candidate. Including Wyoming, a total of 404 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 54.33% of possible primaries have been contested. Wyoming's contested figure of 0% (0 out of 2 possible party primaries) is significantly less competitive than the national average.

Incumbent Republican Cynthia Lummis is uncontested in her primary. She will face Democratic challenger Chris Henrichsen and Richard Brubaker in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Members of the U.S. House from Wyoming -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1

State legislature

Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012 and Wyoming House of Representatives elections, 2012

There are 75 total legislative seats with elections in 2012 -- 15 Senate seats and 60 House seats.

There are 2 (2.7%) contested Democratic primaries and 31 (41.3%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there will be 28 (22.0%) races tomorrow with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 22.0% figure of total contested primaries in Wyoming is higher than the current national contested average of 19.38% for states that have had filing deadlines.

There are 60 incumbents, 14 Senators and 46 Representatives, running for re-election in 2012. Of those incumbents, 21 (35.0%) face primary opposition. With 43 states holding 2012 elections accounted for, the national average for incumbents facing a primary opponent is 24.4%.


There are 7 Senate primaries being held tomorrow, all of which are Republican primaries where the incumbent is seeking re-election.

Those primaries are:
Republican Party District 6: Incumbent Wayne Johnson is challenged by Anthony Bouchard.
Republican Party District 10: Incumbent Phil Nicholas is challenged by Anne Alexander.
Republican Party District 14: Incumbent Stan Cooper is challenged by Lyle Williams.
Republican Party District 18: Incumbent Henry Coe is challenged by Robert Berry.
Republican Party District 22: Incumbent John Schiffer is challenged by Bob Johnson.
Republican Party District 28: Incumbent Kit Jennings is challenged by James Anderson and Tom Radosevich.
Republican Party District 30: Incumbent Charles Scott is challenged by Bob Brechtel.


There are a total of 26 House primaries being held tomorrow -- 2 Democratic primaries and 24 Republican primaries. There are 14 Republican incumbents facing primary opposition.

Some notable primaries:
Republican Party District 4: Republicans Dan Kirkbride, Kerry Powers, and Larry Cundall face off in an open seat. The winner will be unchallenged in the general election.
Republican Party District 19: Incumbent Allen Jaggi is challenged by David Evins and Tim Hamblin, with the winner going on to be unchallenged in the general election.
Republican Party District 25: Republican challengers Billy Greaham, Dave Blevins, David Kellett, Steve Walker face off in an open seat.
Republican Party District 35: Incumbent Kendell Kroeker faces primary challengers Jess Ollila and Patrick Bishop.
Republican Party District 42: Republican challengers Bob Fecht, David Wilms, Jeff Jacoby, Lynn Hutchings, and William Edwards face off in an open seat. The winner will go on to face Democratic challenger Gary Datus in the general election.
Republican Party District 50: Incumbent Pat Childers faces challengers Charles Cloud, David Northrup, and T.D. Ball. The winner will be unchallenged in the general election.

Wyoming State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 4 4
     Republican Party 26 26
Total 30 30

Wyoming House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 8
     Republican Party 50 52
Total 60 60

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