CBS/AP August 21, 2018, 9:45 PM Wyoming primary results: Polls close – live updates

Rob Statham does some last-minute stumping on a Cheyenne street for Wyoming governor candidate Foster Friess, who is one of six GOP candidates running for the job in next week's primary election Tue., Aug. 21, 2018. Statham says he particularly likes how Friess advocates for transparency in government spending.


Polls closed at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday in Wyoming, where voters were chosing candidates for governor, Senate and a few House seats. Incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Mead is leaving office because of term limits, and several candidates are scrambling to replace him, especially after Secretary of State Ed Murray bowed out of the Republican primary after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. John Barrasso is facing a primary challenge from businessman Dave Dodson, who has injected $1 million into his own campaign. While Barrasso is the favorite to win, Dodson presents the first serious primary challenge of Barrasso's career. Mr. Trump tweeted his endorsement of Barrasso in July.

On the Democratic side for Senate, businessman Gary Trauner, running unopposed, won the primary.

Trauner ran two unsuccessful campaigns for U.S. House a decade ago. In 2006, Trauner came within half a percentage point of beating Republican Rep. Barbara Cubin.

In 2008, he lost by a 9-point margin to former state treasurer and legislator Cynthia Lummis.

Trauner faces an uphill battle to win the general election. Wyoming hasn't had a Democratic U.S. senator since Sen. Gale McGee left office in 1977.

Trauner has held a number of positions in Teton County, including president of the school board and chief operating officer of St. John's Medical Center.

This is a developing story. Please check back for latest updates.

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