Trump-Backed GOP Donor Loses Wyoming Primary

But Liz Cheney easily won her primary
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 22, 2018 4:44 AM CDT
Trump-Backed GOP Donor Loses Wyoming Primary
Gubernatorial candidate and Wyoming Secretary of State Mark Gordon celebrates with supporters as poll numbers are finalized during Gordon's election night party at Bozeman Trail Steakhouse in Buffalo, Wyo., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.   (Josh Galemore/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

President Trump tried his best to appeal to coal country but, amid a truckload of bad political news, the top coal-producing state didn't love him back. Instead, Wyoming voters chose Secretary of State Mark Gordon, a rancher who grew up at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, over political mega-donor Foster Friess in the state's Republican primary for governor. Calling Friess "Strong on Crime, Borders & 2nd Amendment," Trump had endorsed the candidate in a tweet as voting got underway Tuesday, the AP reports.

"This is a governor's race. This is about the state of Wyoming," Gordon said after winning his six-way primary. "President Trump is doing great things that are important for Wyoming ... But in the end, I think people in Wyoming concentrated on who's got the experience, who's got the record, and who's got the best message going forward for Wyoming." But the president did pick a winner in Wyoming. He endorsed Sen. John Barrasso over a wealthy opponent, Jackson Hole business investor Dave Dodson, who will face Democratic businessman Gary Trauner in the general election. Incumbent Liz Cheney easily won the Republican nomination for Wyoming's lone US House seat.

(Read more Election 2018 stories.)

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