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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Wyoming

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 19, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Mike Enzi Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Enzi Republican Party
Mike Enzi.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Wyoming will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 30, 2014
August 19, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Wyoming has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Wyoming elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mike Enzi (R). Enzi was first elected in 1996.

Race background

The primary battle between Liz Cheney and incumbent Mike Enzi was pinpointed as one of the top five primaries to watch in 2014, with Cheney, and her father, openly feuding with Enzi.[3]

Primary vulnerability

Enzi was named by National Journal as one of the top five incumbent senators at risk of losing his or her primary election. Four of the five most vulnerable senators were Republican.[4]


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Mike Enzi

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Enzi's reports.[8]

Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[13]October 8, 2013$0.00$1,027,569.90$(232,507.18)$795,062.72
Running totals


Same-sex marriage

Mary Cheney, the younger sister of Liz Cheney, sharply criticized her sister’s stance on same-sex marriage and urged her own Facebook friends to share the message.[14][15][16]

Posting on Facebook on August 30, 2013, Mary Cheney, who is gay and married her longtime partner in 2012, wrote: “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.”[14]

Their father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, supports same-sex marriage, and the younger Cheney echoed some of his language on the issue when she added, “Freedom means freedom for everyone...That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other,” Mary Cheney wrote.[14]

Earlier on August 30, 2013, Liz Cheney revealed her position on same-sex marriage, a topic she has kept relatively quiet about since declaring her candidacy in July 2013 against incumbent Mike Enzi. “I am not pro-gay marriage,” Liz Cheney said in a statement responding to poll against her in Wyoming. “I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”[14]

That position — deferring to the will of the voters on a state-by-state basis — may represent something of a compromise between total support or opposition, but did little to placate her sister.[14]

“It’s not something to be decided by a show of hands,” Mary Cheney wrote. Mary Cheney concluded her Facebook post: “Please like and share if you agree.” In an e-mail, Mary Cheney declined to comment further on her sister’s position, saying she would let her Facebook post speak for itself.[14]

Wyoming Fishing License

Liz Cheney came under fire in August 2013 for purchasing a resident fishing license in Wyoming, when she did not qualify.[17]Wyoming resident fishing licenses require the holder to reside in Wyoming for at least one year.[17] Cheney did not meet that requirement. She posted a $220 bond and appeared in court on August 27, 2013, to address a charge of making a false statement to obtain a license. Cheney claimed she was not aware of the year requirement, but her application for the license says she had resided in Wyoming the last 10 years. Cheney denies telling the clerk the residency claim that appeared on the application.[17]

Fishing is a popular sport in Wyoming and the charge reflects poorly on Cheney according to Wyoming Republican strategist, Liz Brimmer. Brimmer said, “Allegedly poaching in a state where being a resident sportsman is, by law, an earned privilege. Wyoming people will take this very seriously.”[17]

Health care

In August 2013, Liz Cheney called on Mike Enzi, among other congressional members, to renounce the agreement allowing the government to subsidize part of the health care premiums for Congressional members and their staff. "The hypocrisy is stunning...But all too typical of how Congress works. Members cut special deals for themselves so they don’t feel the pain their laws inflict on the general public. That’s one of the reasons I’m running for the Senate — to end this self-serving, behind the scenes deal-making." Enzi's campaign spokesperson responded, "Senator Enzi has already opposed it and the other exemptions and delays for businesses, insurance companies etc. Senator Enzi will continue his efforts to defund and dismantle Obamacare. He’ll make decisions about his own health care without help from candidate Cheney."[18]

Cheney's July 2013 video, "A Strong Voice for Wyoming."

Involvement in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

In September 2013, Liz Cheney called President Obama's desired involvement in Syria "an amateurish approach to national security and foreign policy." She continued by confirming that she would not vote to authorize intervention in Syria.[19]

According to a report by The Hill in September 2013, Cheney was among four Republican senate candidates who had come out against intervening in Syria while the incumbent challenger, in this case Enzi, remained undecided.[20]


Liz Cheney posted a video in July 2013, titled "A Strong Voice for Wyoming."[21]


Republican primary

Liz Cheney

On Liz Cheney's campaign website, an endorsement from Rush Limbaugh was posted, saying, “I’ve known you for many, many years. Throughout the entire time I’ve known you, you haven’t changed. Your conservatism has been consistent and solid and in fact, it may have even gotten stronger. ...We need about 95 more of you.”[22]

Mike Enzi

  • Sen. Rand Paul said that he endorses Enzi over Liz Cheney, citing unfamiliarity with Cheney's political positions. Paul went on to say, "I am a friend of Sen. Enzi and while we aren’t exactly the same, I consider him a good conservative."[23]
  • Sen. Jerry Moran, the National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman announced the official party body will support Enzi and several Senators have followed suit, including Wyoming Senator John Barrasso. Enzi has not been aggressively fundraising as the Senate race was expected to be safe. He raised $171,000 in the second quarter and ended June with $488,000 cash on hand.[24]
  • Sen. John McCain has also endorsed Enzi.[25]
  • Former Sen. Olympia Snowe adds to a growing list of Enzi supporters. She stated:
    • "There is no reason to challenge him. What is the basis? That he’s not working hard enough? He’s working very hard. That he’s not conservative enough? I think it’s regrettable.”[26]
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch has endorsed Enzi. He stated:
    • “I don’t know why in the world she’s doing this." Enzi is “honest and decent, hard-working; he’s got very important positions in the Senate. He’s highly respected. And these are all things that would cause anybody to say: ‘Why would anybody run against him?’”[27]
  • Sen John Cornyn is also throwing his support behind Enzi, although he likes Cheney as well. He reasoned:
    • “This is about getting the majority in the Senate. And we have to support our friends and people who have done a good job.”[27]


Republican primary
Poll Mike Enzi Liz CheneyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
July 17-18, 2013
Public Policy Polling
Juy 19-21, 2013
AVERAGES 55% 23.5% 21.5% +/-4.14 601
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.

A July 17-18, 2013, poll conducted by Harper Polling, found that Wyoming Republican voters favor Mike Enzi 55% to Liz Cheney's 21%.[28] The poll found that both candidates have near universal name recognition in the state. It also indicates Cheney faces an uphill battle for the seat, as incumbent Mike Enzi has a 73% approval rating.[28] 38% of those polled said that they had heard of Cheney, but had no opinion of her.[28]

Election history


On November 6, 2012, John Barrasso won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Tim Chesnut and Joel Otto in the general election.[29]

U.S. Senate, Wyoming General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tim Chesnut 21.7% 53,019
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barrasso Incumbent 75.8% 185,250
     Country Joel Otto 2.5% 6,176
Total Votes 244,445
Source: Wyoming Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 4, 2008, Enzi won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Chris Rothfuss (D).[30]

U.S. Senate, Wyoming General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Enzi Incumbent 75.7% 189,046
     Democratic Chris Rothfuss 24.3% 60,631
Total Votes 249,677

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 Senate RACE RATINGS FOR July 18, 2014," accessed August 13, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 13, 2014
  3. Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  4. National Journal, "Ranking the Top 5 Senators Vulnerable in 2014 Primaries," accessed December 31, 2013
  5. Politico "Liz Cheney announces Senate bid," Accessed July 16, 2013
  6. Curt Gottshall for Senate 2014, "Home," accessed March 3, 2014
  7. Fox News "Liz Cheney eyes run for US Senate seat in Wyoming," Accessed July 8, 2013
  8. Federal Election Commission, "Enzi 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 2, 2013
  9. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 2, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 2, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  13. FEC, "October Quarterly", accessed November 25, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 NY Times, "Mary Cheney Criticizes Her Sister on Same-Sex Marriage," accessed September 2, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Mary Cheney says Liz Cheney is ‘dead wrong’ on gay marriage," accessed September 2, 2013
  16. Chicago Tribune, "Sister says Liz Cheney's opposition to gay marriage 'dead wrong'," accessed September 2, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Washington Post, "Liz Cheney to appear in court over errant fishing license", accessed August 25, 2013
  18. Politico, "Liz Cheney: Mike Enzi should ‘renounce’ deal," Accessed August 13, 2013
  19. Politico, "Liz Cheney: I’d vote no on Syria plan," accessed September 4, 2013
  20. Politico, "Senate primary challengers target GOP incumbents on Syria strikes," September 8, 2013
  21. Cheney for Wyoming, "Home," accessed September 2, 2013
  22. Cheney for Wyoming, "Home," accessed September 2, 2013
  23. Politico "Rand Paul: I’ve got Mike Enzi’s back vs. Liz Cheney," Accessed July 12, 2013
  24. Politico "Liz Cheney announces Senate bid," Accessed July 16, 2013
  25. Huffington Post "John McCain Endorses Mike Enzi (VIDEO)," Accessed July 20, 2013
  26. Politico, "Olympia Snowe: Liz Cheney challenge to Mike Enzi ‘unfortunate,’" Accessed July 23, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 Politico "GOP senators to Liz Cheney: We like Mike Enzi," Accessed July 29, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Politico "Poll: Mike Enzi crushing Liz Cheney in Wyo.," Accessed July 29, 2013
  29. Wyoming Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Elections of November 4, 2008," accessed October 19, 2011