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Wyoming Senate

Candidates

Michael Enzi*

Michael Enzi* (R)*

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Chris Rothfuss

Chris Rothfuss (D)

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleEnzi (R)Rothfuss (D)Spread
Research 200010/14 - 10/16500 LV6134Enzi +27
Research 20009/22 - 9/24600 LV5935Enzi +24

Race Summary

Sen. Michael Enzi is running for a third term in the Senate. Not many Democrats were rushing to challenge the 12-year incumbent. The dearth of challengers is partly due to the unusual situation that\'s occurred in Wyoming this year.

Republican John Barrasso was appointed in June 2007 to fill the seat vacated when GOP Sen. Craig Thomas died of complications from leukemia. To keep the seat, Barrasso will need to win a special election in November, seemingly an easier challenge for potential Democratic candidates than running against a two-term senator. Another tempting option for potential challengers is the open House seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Barbara Cubin, who barely held onto her seat in 2006.

Wyoming has voted Republican in 13 of the last 14 presidential elections, the lone exception being the landslide 1964 election.

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 522,830 
Registered Voters: Dem 25.6% | Rep 61.9% | Other 12.5%
Occupation: Blue Collar 27.5% | White Collar 54.2% | Gray Collar 18.2%
Race: White 88.9% | Hispanic 6.4% | Native Am. 2.1% | Two+ races 1.2%

Previous Election Results

Senate
2006: Thomas (R) 70, Groutage (D) 30
2002: Enzi (R) 73, Corcoran (D) 27
2000: Thomas (R) 74, Logan (D) 22
1996: Enzi (R) 54, Karpan (D) 42

President
2004: Bush (R) 69, Kerry (D) 29
2000: Bush (R) 69, Gore (D) 28
1996: Dole (R) 50, Clinton (D) 37