2012 United States Senate election in Wyoming

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United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2012

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Turnout58.9% (voting eligible)[1]
  John Barrasso official portrait 112th Congress.jpg No image.svg
Nominee John Barrasso Tim Chesnut
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 185,250 53,019
Percentage 75.7% 21.6%

Wyoming Senate Election Results by County, 2012.svg
County results
Barrasso:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[12] Solid R November 1, 2012
Sabato's Crystal Ball[13] Safe R November 5, 2012
Rothenberg Political Report[14] Safe R November 2, 2012
Real Clear Politics[15] Safe R November 5, 2012

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2012[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Barrasso (incumbent) 185,250 75.66% +2.31%
Democratic Tim Chesnut 53,019 21.65% -4.88%
Wyoming Country Joel Otto 6,176 2.52% N/A
n/a Write-ins 417 0.17% +0.05%
Total votes 244,862 100.0% N/A
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Michael McDonald (February 9, 2013). "2012 General Election Turnout Rates". George Mason University. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. 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" (PDF). 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" (PDF). 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.
  12. ^ "2012 Senate Race Ratings for November 1, 2012". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "2012 Senate". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "2012 Senate Ratings". Senate Ratings. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "2012 Elections Map - Battle for the Senate 2012". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  16. ^ https://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2012/Results/General/2012_Statewide_Candidates_Summary.pdf

External links[edit]

Campaign websites