Wyoming state executive primary elections review: Narrow margin in secretary of state race prevents night of big wins

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August 20, 2014

Wyoming
August 19, 2014 Election Review
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By Garrett Fortin
Cheyenne, Wyoming: The 2014 Wyoming primary elections were held on August 19, 2014. Democrats had no contested state executive primaries, leaving all the action to the Republicans, who voted in four contests with a total of 12 candidates.

Two incumbent Republicans, Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield and Superintendent Cindy Hill, were not seeking re-election in their current seats, leaving races for open seats that attracted several candidates. The other two incumbents, Governor Matt Mead and Treasurer Mark Gordon, ran in the primaries and won easily. Incumbent Republican Auditor Cynthia Cloud had no primary opponents.

Below, Ballotpedia reviews the primary results and introduces the third-party and independent candidates who will be joining the primary contest winners in the November general election.



Wyoming Governor
See also: Wyoming Gubernatorial election, 2014

Superintendent Cindy Hill challenged incumbent Governor Matt Mead for the Republican gubernatorial nomination to conclude a grudge match that emerged after their prior legislative and legal battles, but Mead easily won this contest.[1] He received over 50 percent of the vote against Cindy Hill and a second challenger, Taylor Haynes.

Governor Mead and Democratic challenger Pete Gosar will face off in the general election in November.

  • 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.


Wyoming Secretary of State
See also: Wyoming secretary of state election, 2014

Ed Murray narrowly defeated Edward Buchanan to win the Republican nomination. Murray will not have any Democratic opponent in November and the only general election opposition is Constitution Party candidate Jennifer Young.

  • Republican primary
Wyoming Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Murrary 36.8% 32,944
Edward Buchanan 34.9% 31,312
Pete Illoway 18.5% 16,596
Clark Stith 9.5% 8,511
Write-in votes 0.3% 274
Total Votes 89,637
Election Results Via:Wyoming Secretary of State.



Wyoming Treasurer
See also: Wyoming down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Incumbent Mark Gordon easily defeated a single primary challenger and currently has no opponents in the general election.

  • Republican primary
Wyoming Treasurer Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Gordon 87.7% 72,095
Ron Redo 12.1% 9,945
Write-in votes 0.3% 206
Total Votes 82,246
Election Results Via:Wyoming Secretary of State.



Wyoming Auditor
See also: Wyoming down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Wyoming Auditor Cynthia Cloud was not opposed in her quest for the nomination and currently faces no opposition in the general election either.

  • Republican primary

Incumbent Republican Cynthia Cloud won renomination without opposition.


Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
See also: Wyoming down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican Jillian Balow narrowly defeated two primary opponents and will face Democrat Mike Ceballos in November.

  • Republican primary
Wyoming Superintendent Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJillian Balow 41.2% 35,493
Sheryl Lain 31.7% 27,357
Bill Winney 26.8% 23,105
Write-in votes 0.3% 273
Total Votes 86,228
Election Results Via:Wyoming Secretary of State.
  • Democratic primary

Mike Ceballos won the Democratic nomination without opposition.

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