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Wyoming elects Mark Gordon for Gov.; Barrasso re-elected

Wyoming elects Mark Gordon for Gov.; Barrasso re-elected

Republican Mark Gordon has defeated Democrat Mary Throne in the Wyoming governor’s race.

Gordon succeeds Republican Gov. Matt Mead, who is term-limited after serving two terms.

Gordon is a rancher and businessman from Buffalo who has been state treasurer since 2012. He promises a conservative approach to issues including a budget shortfall stemming from less revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction.

Republican John Barrasso has won a second full term by defeating Democrat Gary Trauner in Wyoming’s Senate race.

The race was a referendum on President Donald Trump in the state. Barrasso argued that less federal regulation and federal income tax cuts enacted under Trump are helping Wyoming’s economy.

Voters didn’t buy Trauner’s argument that people in Wyoming still struggle with low wages and the Trump administration is doing more harm than good.

Barrasso spent over $3 million on his campaign, six times more than Trauner’s $500,000. Barrasso raised $5.5 million to Trauner’s $800,000.

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