Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2014

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Wyoming Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 19, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Matt Mead Republican Party
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The Wyoming gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Matt Mead (R) was first elected in 2010 and is seeking re-election against Democratic candidate Pete Gosar in the general election. Mead won his first term handily in 2010, though Democrats held the office in the previous two terms as indicated in the past elections section linked here. The winner of the election will serve a four-year term.

Wyoming is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Matt Mead - Incumbent
Democratic Party Pete Gosar - former Democratic state party chairman[4]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Cindy Hill - Outgoing state superintendent of education[5]
Republican Party Taylor Haynes (declared) - 2010 write-in candidate for governor[6]

Declined

Republican Party David Steger - former Wyoming Game and Fish Commissioner[6]
Republican Party Kevin Seney - Jackson businessman[7]

Results

Primary election

Republican primary

Wyoming Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Mead 54.8% 53,673
Taylor Haynes 32.2% 31,534
Cindy Hill 12.7% 12,463
Write-in votes 0.2% 215
Total Votes 97,885
Election Results Via:Wyoming Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Democratic primary

Pete Gosar won the Democratic nomination without opposition.


Race background

Primary challenge for Gov. Mead

On January 29, 2013, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill announced that she was considering a bid for Governor of Wyoming in 2014. Hill, a Republican, was prompted to enter the race after incumbent Matt Mead signed a bill that relegated the elected office of state superintendent of education to a ceremonial position, reassigning leadership over the Department of Education to an education director post, selected by gubernatorial appointment. Hill subsequently filed a lawsuit against the state challenging the constitutionality of the law.[8] She said her decision to run for governor was driven by the swell of public support she has received in response to the lawsuit.[9] Mead handily defeated Hill during the August primary.

Polling

Governor of Wyoming
Poll Matt Mead (R) Pete Gosar (D)Other/Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
YouGov
July 5-24, 2014
53%25%22%+/-0416
Rasmussen Reports
August 20-21, 2014
55%34%11%+/-4700
YouGov
August 18-September2, 2014
53%25%22%+/-8350
AVERAGES 53.67% 28% 18.33% +/-4 488.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Past elections

2010

Governor of Wyoming, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Mead 65.7% 123,780
     Democratic Leslie Petersen 22.9% 43,240
     Libertarian Mike Wheeler 2.8% 5,362
     Write-Ins Various 8.5% 16,081
Total Votes 188,463
Election Results Via: Wyoming Secretary of State

2006

On November 7, 2006, Dave Freudenthal won re-election to the office of Governor of Wyoming. He defeated Ray Hunkins (R) in the general election.

Governor of Wyoming, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Freudenthal Incumbent 70% 135,516
     Republican Ray Hunkins 30% 58,100
Total Votes 193,616
Election Results Via: Wyoming Secretary of State

2002

On November 5, 2002, Dave Freudenthal won election to the office of Governor of Wyoming. He defeated Eli Bebout (R) and Dave Dawson (L) in the general election.

Governor of Wyoming, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Freudenthal 50% 92,662
     Republican Eli Bebout 47.9% 88,873
     Libertarian Dave Dawson 2.1% 3,924
Total Votes 185,459
Election Results Via: Wyoming Secretary of State

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
May 30, 2014 Filing deadline
August 19, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 12, 2014 State certification of results

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