Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012

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Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 2District 4District 6District 8District 10District 12District 14District 16District 18District 20District 22District 24District 26District 28District 30
Wyoming State Senate2012 Wyoming House Elections
Elections for the office of Wyoming State Senate were held in Wyoming on November 6, 2012. A total of 15 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 1, 2012. The primary election day was August 21, 2012.

See also: Wyoming House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Marty Martin Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 12

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Wyoming State Senate:

Wyoming State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 4 4
     Republican Party 26 26
Total 30 30


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Wyoming in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 32 $259,183
2008 37 $232,124
2006 49 $368,423
2004 47 $317,964
2002 22 $126,509

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $259,183 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Democrat (Party) $16,550
Meier, Curtis Eugine $16,516
Wyoming State Senate Republican Conference $10,000
Steinmetz, Corey A $7,978
Frisbie, Tom $5,000
Workers Help in Politics $5,000
Republican (Party) $4,500
Rothfuss, Chris $4,446
Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association $4,150
Williams Companies $4,000

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Wyoming

The Legislature approved new maps on March 1, 2012, and Gov. Matt Mead signed them into law on the 6th. The 30 Senate and 60 House districts were preserved, with no district deviating more than 10 percent of the ideal district size. With the Senate operating on staggered four-year terms, there was a question of whether all 30 seats would be up for election in 2012 due to the new maps;[3] ultimately, 15 of the 30 seats went up for election. A lawsuit was filed in April 2012, alleging that the new maps violated Article 3, Sec. 3 of the Wyoming Constitution by not adhering county lines as much as possible, meaning sparsely populated rural counties would not receive adequate representation. The plaintiffs had hoped to get the suit to the Wyoming Supreme Court as soon as possible, but it was held up in June as the parties did not agree as to the questions to be decided.[4]

Qualifications

Section 2 of Article 3 of the Wyoming Constitution states, "Senators shall be elected for the term of four (4) years and representatives for the term of two (2) years. The senators elected at the first election shall be divided by lot into two classes as nearly equal as may be. The seats of senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the first two years, and of the second class at the expiration of four years. No person shall be a senator who has not attained the age of twenty-five years, or a representative who has not attained the age of twenty-one years, and who is not a citizen of the United States and of this state and who has not, for at least twelve months next preceding his election resided within the county or district in which he was elected."

List of candidates

District 2

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:
  • Jim Anderson Approveda - Incumbent Anderson first assumed office in 2001.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim Anderson: 8,359 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:
  • Tony Ross Approveda - Incumbent Ross first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tony Ross: 7,555 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

Note: Unofficial results put Johnson ahead by 5 votes.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Wayne Johnson: 5,981 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent William R. Hill: 1,663 (Wyoming Country Party)

District 8

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Floyd Esquibel: 2,963 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Curtis Bryan Albrecht: 2,690

District 10

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Phil Nicholas: 6,058 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Note:Incumbent Democrat Marty Martin did not seek re-elction.

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bernadine Craft: 5,260 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Stan Cooper: 6,766 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent John Vincent Love: 978 (Wyoming Country Party)

District 16

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:
  • Dan Dockstader Approveda - Incumbent Dockstader first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dan Dockstader: 7,432 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Henry Coe: 6,249 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:
  • Gerald Geis Approveda - Incumbent Geis first assumed office in 1993.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Gerald Geis: 7,592 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John Schiffer: 7,658 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Michael Von Flatern: 5,853 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Bradley Edward Kramer: 1,112 (Wyoming Country Party)

District 26

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:
  • Eli Bebout Approveda - Incumbent Bebout first assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Eli Bebout: 7,457 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kim Holloway: 2,463
Republican Party James Anderson: 4,560 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party August 21 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 21 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Charles Scott: 5,709 Green check mark transparent.png

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