Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2010
|Elections in Wyoming|
The 2010 Wyoming gubernatorial election was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 to elect the Governor of Wyoming, who will serve a four-year term to begin in January 2011. Party primaries were held on August 17.
While it was initially thought that term limits would prevent incumbent Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal from running for re-election, the constitutionality of the term limit law has been questioned, leaving the possibility that if Freudenthal had successfully challenged the law, he might have been able to run for a third term. On March 4, 2010, Freudenthal announced he would not run for a third term.
- Leslie Petersen, former Teton County Commissioner and state party chair
- Pete Gosar, teacher, commercial pilot, state employee and small business owner
- Al Hamburg, retired painter and perennial candidate
- Rex Wilde, cabinet maker
- Chris Zachary, former psychiatrist
Potential candidates who declined
Even before Freudenthal announced that he would not seek reelection, Democratic state Senator Mike Massie began touring the state informally in preparation for a campaign run. Eventually, Massie announced that he would run for state superintendent of public instruction rather than governor. Paul Hickey, an attorney and the runner-up to Freudenthal in the 2002 Democratic primary, and Larry Clapp, also an attorney and former Mayor of Casper, also stated their interests in possibly running for Governor after Freudenthal's announcement, but neither ran.
|Poll source||Dates administered||Leslie Petersen||Pete Gosar||Al Hamburg||Chris Zachary||Rex Wilde||Undecided|
|WTE/Aspen Media & Market Research||July 26–29, 2010||34%||9%||5%||1%||4%||39%|
|Casper Star Tribune||July 26–28, 2010||30%||22%||2%||1%||<1%||45%|
|Democratic primary results|
- Matt Mead, former U.S. Attorney
- Alan Kousoulos, 19-year WYDOT supervisor
- Rita Meyer, Wyoming State Auditor
- Ron Micheli, former state Representative and former director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture
- John Self, 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial candidate
- Colin M. Simpson, state House Speaker
- Tom Ubben
|Poll source||Dates administered||Rita Meyer||Matt Mead||Colin Simpson||Ron Micheli||Alan Kousoulos||Undecided|
|WTE/Aspen Media & Market Research||July 26–29, 2010||23%||18%||10%||20%||1%||25%|
|Casper Star-Tribune||July 26–28, 2010||27%||24%||17%||12%||2%||18%|
|Republican primary results|
- Matt Mead (R)
- Leslie Peterson (D)
- Mike Wheeler (L)
- Taylor Haynes (Write-in)
|Poll source||Dates administered||Matt Mead (R)||Leslie Petersen (D)|
|Rasmussen Reports||September 30, 2010||61%||25%|
|Rasmussen Reports||August 18, 2010||58%||24%|
|Rasmussen Reports||June 22, 2010||49%||22%|
|Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2010|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing|
- Chris Cillizza And Ben Pershing (February 16, 2009). "Will Wyoming's Governor Buck Term Limits?". The Washington Post.
- "US News - Mar 04, 2010 - Wyoming Gov. Freudenthal won't seek third term". RealClearPolitics. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- "Leslie Petersen Biography". People for Petersen. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- Gosar campaign site
- Erika Lovely (2009-10-08). "Wyoming governor Dave Freudenthal to seek third term?". Politico. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- Massie running for superintendent of public instruction, not governor
- "Wyoming Gubernatorial Primary Results". WY SOS. August 17, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
- Elections at Wyoming Secretary of State
- Candidates for Wyoming State Offices at Project Vote Smart
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- 2010 Wyoming Gubernatorial General Election: Matt Mead (R) vs. Leslie Petersen (D) graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
- Election 2010: Wisconsin Governor from Rasmussen Reports
- 2010 Wyoming Governor - Walker vs. Barrett from Real Clear Politics
- 2010 Wisconsin Governor's Race from CQ Politics
- Race Profile in The New York Times
- Candidates: Wyoming Governor at Decision 2010 at Wyoming PBS
- Official campaign sites