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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

WYOMING

Race Summary

Governor    (472 of 472 precincts reporting)
Vinich (D) 41%     Geringer (R) * 56%    
House at Large    (472 of 472 precincts reporting)
Farris (D) 39%     Cubin (R) 58%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:40 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: Gov. Jim Geringer (R), first elected in 1994, is seeking a second term. He will face former state Sen. John P. Vinich (D).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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POLL HOURS

9 a.m. ET (7 a.m. MT) to 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. MT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. Craig Thomas (R), first elected 1994; next election in 2000.
Sen. Michael B. Enzi (R), first elected 1996; next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD (At Large):
    Scott Farris (D); Barbara Cubin (inc.) (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    August 18

    Primary results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    June 5


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 3


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 2 Republicans
    U.S. House of Representatives: 1 Republican at large
    State Senate: 9 Democrats, 21 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 17 Democrats, 43 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 15 seats up
    House: All 60 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 356,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: (01/08/98) 230,360

    Democrats: 70,038 30.4 %
    Republicans: 132,425 57.5%
    Other: 27,619 12%
    Libertarian Party: 235 0.1%
    Natural Law Party: 43 0.01%


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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    3


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Dole won in 1996; Bush in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Ford in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Nixon in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Nixon in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1964

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Dole 50%
    Clinton 37%
    Perot 12%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Bush 40%
    Clinton 34%
    Perot 26%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush 61%
    Dukakis 38%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 71%
    Mondale 28%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan 63%
    Carter 28%
    Anderson 7%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 481,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 94.8%
    African American: .7%
    Asian: .6%
    Native American: 1.8%
    Other/Undeclared: 2.1%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 4.8% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Cheyenne
    State Nickname: Equality State

    Wyoming is conservative, and any Democrat running here must overcome historical precedent to win -- the Equality State has not supported a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964 (and the state has only voted Democratic twice since 1944 -- Truman in 1948 and Johnson in 1964). Still there are Ross Perot supporters here: in 1996, Perot got his fourth-highest percentage in the country here. "The land of the cowboy" has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1970 or to the House since 1976, although during that same period most of Wyoming's governors have been Democrats. Despite the fact that Clinton has twice vacationed in the Grand Tetons near Jackson Hole and that 18-year veteran Republican Sen. Alan Simpson retired in 1996, Wyoming is still carried by the Republicans -- governor, senators, representative and state Legislature alike.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Wyoming Secretary of State Home Page
    http://soswy.state.wy.us/
    Wyoming Election Division
    http://soswy.state.wy.us/election/election.htm
    Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer's Home Page
    http://www.state.wy.us:80/governor/governor_home.html
    Wyoming State Senate
    http://legisweb.state.wy.us/leginfo/standlst/senateco.htm
    Wyoming State House of Representatives
    http://legisweb.state.wy.us/leginfo/standlst/housecom.htm

    News Media:

    State Newspapers:

    Casper Star-Tribune
    http://www.trib.com
    Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
    http://www.wyomingnews.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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