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Wyoming Senate - Special

Candidates

John Barrasso*

John Barrasso* (R)*

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Nick Carter

Nick Carter (D)

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleBarrasso (R)Carter (D)Spread
Research 200010/14 - 10/16500 LV5736Barrasso +21
Research 20009/22 - 9/24600 LV5834Barrasso +24

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%

Race Summary

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.

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