United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2012

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United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2012
Wyoming
2008 ←
November 6, 2012 → 2018

Turnout 58.9% (voting eligible)[1]
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Nominee John Barrasso Tim Chesnut
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 184,531 52,596
Percentage 75.9% 21.6%

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U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes counties/districts won by Barrasso.

U.S. Senator before election

John Barrasso
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

John Barrasso
Republican

The 2012 United States Senate election in Wyoming took place on November 6, 2012, alongside a U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Barrasso won re-election to a first full term.

The primary elections were held August 21, 2012.

Background[edit]

Republican state Senator John Barrasso was appointed to the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2007, by then-governor Dave Freudenthal after U.S. Senator Craig Thomas died on June 4, 2007.[2]

John Barrasso defeated Nick Carter with 73.4% of the vote in the 2008 special U.S. senatorial election to serve the remainder of the senatorial term. Barrasso remains highly popular in the state with 69% of voters approving of him.[3]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Barrasso (incumbent) 73,516 89.9%
Republican Thomas Bleming 5,080 6.2%
Republican Emmett Mavy 2,873 3.5%
Republican Write-in 279 0.3%
Totals 81,748 100%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tim Chesnut 9,173 53.7%
Democratic Al Hamburg 4,630 27.1%
Democratic William Bryk 3,047 17.8%
Democratic Write-in 222 1.3%
Totals 17,072 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • John Barrasso (Republican), incumbent U.S. senator
  • Tim Chesnut (Democratic), member of the Albany County Board of Commissioners
  • Joel Otto (Wyoming Country), rancher[11]

Debates[edit]

None

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Barrasso (incumbent) 184,531 75.90% +2.55%
Democratic Tim Chesnut 52,596 21.60% -4.93%
Wyoming Country Joel Otto 6,138 2.60%
Majority 131,935 54.30% +7.47%
Turnout 243,265
Republican hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Michael McDonald (February 9, 2013). "2012 General Election Turnout Rates". George Mason University. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kraushaar, Josh (June 22, 2007). "State senator John Barrasso appointed to fill vacant Wyoming Senate seat". Politico. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Freudenthal massively popular but trails Barrasso for Sen.". Public Policy Polling. January 10, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ McCarty, Alicia (November 8, 2011). "A look ahead to the key races in the West in 2012". USA Today. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Pelzer, Jeremy (October 17, 2011). "Former Wyoming soldier of fortune's new target: U.S. Senate". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sandoval, Daniel (November 6, 2011). "Soldier of Fortune Challenges Barrasso [AUDIO]". K2 Radio. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Pelzer, Jeremy (June 1, 2012). "U.S. Senate primaries set". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Statewide Candidates Official Summary". Secretary of State of Wyoming. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ Pelzer, Jeremy (May 30, 2012). "Wyoming county commissioner enters U.S. Senate race". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Pelzer, Jeremy (April 22, 2012). "Wyoming Democrats mull Senate run despite party ambivalence". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ Brown, Trevor (August 29, 2012). "Lander resident seeks U.S. Senate bid". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Campaign websites