|Poll||Date||Sample||Barrasso (R)||Carter (D)||Spread|
|Research 2000||10/14 - 10/16||500 LV||57||36||Barrasso +21|
|Research 2000||9/22 - 9/24||600 LV||58||34||Barrasso +24|
This special election should be a breeze for John Barrasso, who was appointed in June 2007 to fill this seat that was vacated when Craig Thomas died earlier that month of complications from leukemia.
Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who appointed Barrasso to fill the seat, could have made this a competitive election. But he apparently has no interest in going to Capitol Hill. Barrasso has also -- so far -- avoided a primary challenger, thanks in part to GOP Rep. Barbara Cubin\'s retirement. Cubin\'s now-open House seat has given potential Barrasso challengers a possibly more tempting option.
Wyoming has voted Republican in 13 of the last 14 presidential elections, the lone exception being the landslide 1964 election.
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
2004: Bush (R) 69, Kerry (D) 29
2000: Bush (R) 69, Gore (D) 28
1996: Dole (R) 50, Clinton (D) 37