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Wyoming state executive official elections, 2014

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Five state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Wyoming. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

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]

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Wyoming:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held five of the five state executive seats in Wyoming.

Wyoming State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Republican Party 5 5
     Democratic Party 0 0
Total 5 5




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Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Matt Mead
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2011 Yes Republican Party Matt Mead
Democratic Party Pete Gosar
Libertarian Party Dee Cozzens
Independent Don Wills
Republican Party Matt Mead No
Secretary of State Max Maxfield
Max Maxfield.jpg
2007 No Republican Party Ed Murray
Constitution Party Jennifer Young
Libertarian Party Kit Carson
Republican Party Ed Murray No
Treasurer Mark Gordon
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2012 Yes Republican Party Mark Gordon Republican Party Mark Gordon No
Auditor Cynthia Cloud
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2010 Yes Republican Party Cynthia Cloud Republican Party Cynthia Cloud No
Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill
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2010 Ran for Governor Republican Party Jillian Balow
Democratic Party Mike Ceballos
Republican Party Jillian Balow No

Governor of Wyoming

Governor

  • 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.

Secretary of State

  • 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.

There were no Democratic candidates for this position.

Treasurer

  • 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.

There were no Democratic candidates for this position.

Auditor

  • Republican primary

Incumbent Republican Cynthia Cloud won re-nomination without opposition.
There were no Democratic candidates for this position.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • 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.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor

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.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of Wyoming, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Murray 76.6% 119,772
     Constitution Jennifer Young 12.1% 18,918
     Libertarian Kit Carson 10.8% 16,858
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 859
Total Votes 156,407
Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State.

Treasurer

Mark Gordon was running for election without opposition.

Auditor

Cynthia Cloud was running for election without opposition.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJillian Balow 61.1% 99,244
     Democrat Mike Ceballos 38.3% 62,208
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 894
Total Votes 162,346
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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]
  • 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.[7]
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

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

State executive organization

Executive officials in Wyoming are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

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Ballotpedia reports

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Recent news

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