Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2010

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Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2010
Wyoming
2006 ←
November 2, 2010
→ 2014

  Matt Mead.jpg
Nominee Matt Mead Leslie Petersen Taylor Haynes
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 123,780 43,240 13,796
Percentage 65.68% 22.94% 7.32%

Wyoming election results by county, all Republican.png

County results

Governor before election

Dave Freudenthal
Democratic

Elected Governor

Matt Mead
Republican

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.[1] On March 4, 2010, Freudenthal announced he would not run for a third term.[2]

Republican candidate Matt Mead defeated Democratic candidate Leslie Petersen in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Leslie Petersen, former Teton County Commissioner and state party chair[3]
  • Pete Gosar, teacher, commercial pilot, state employee and small business owner[4]
  • Al Hamburg, retired painter and perennial candidate
  • Rex Wilde, cabinet maker
  • Chris Zachary, former psychiatrist

Potential candidates who declined[edit]

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.[5] Eventually, Massie announced that he would run for state superintendent of public instruction rather than governor.[6] 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.

Polling[edit]

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%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leslie Petersen 10,785 47.2%
Democratic Pete Gosar 8,409 36.8%
Democratic Chris Zachary 1,139 5.0%
Democratic Al Hamburg 1,092 4.8%
Democratic Rex Wilde 1,042 4.6%
Democratic write-ins 384 1.7%
Totals 22,851 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Polling[edit]

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%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Mead 30,308 28.7%
Republican Rita Meyer 29,605 28.0%
Republican Ron Micheli 27,630 26.1%
Republican Colin Simpson 16,722 15.8%
Republican Alan Kousoulos 566 0.5%
Republican Tom Ubben 432 0.4%
Republican John Self 295 0.3%
Republican write-ins 202 0.2%
Totals 105,760 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Matt Mead (R)
  • Leslie Peterson (D)
  • Mike Wheeler (L)
  • Taylor Haynes (Write-in)

Polling[edit]

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%

Results[edit]

Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2010[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Matt Mead 123,780 65.68% +35.67%
Democratic Leslie Petersen 43,240 22.94% -47.05%
Independent Taylor Haynes 13,796 7.32%
Libertarian Mike Wheeler 5,362 2.85%
Write-ins 2,285 1.21%
Majority 80,540 42.74% +2.75%
Turnout 190,822
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official campaign sites