Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2014

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Wyoming Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
August 19, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Matt Mead Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Matt Mead Republican Party
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The Wyoming gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Matt Mead (R) was first elected in 2010 and was seeking re-election against Democratic candidate Pete Gosar, Libertarian Party candidate Dee Cozzens and independent candidate Don Wills 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. Mead won election to another four-year term in 2014.

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 - IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Pete Gosar - former Democratic state party chairman[4]
Libertarian Party Dee Cozzens
Independent Don Wills

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

General election

Governor of Wyoming, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Mead Incumbent 59.4% 99,700
     Democratic Pete Gosar 27.3% 45,752
     Independent Don Wills 5.9% 9,895
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 5.1% 8,490
     Libertarian Dee Cozzens 2.4% 4,040
Total Votes 167,877
Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State.

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% 31,532
Cindy Hill 12.7% 12,464
Write-in votes 0.2% 215
Total Votes 97,884
Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State.

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 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
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
58%33%9%+/-11258
AVERAGES 54.75% 29.25% 16% +/-5.75 431
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.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

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

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[10] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[11]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[12]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[13]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 81,687,059 35.9

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

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
January 5, 2015 State executives inaugurated

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