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United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2014

The 2014 United States Senate election in Wyoming took place on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate for the State of Wyoming. Incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi won re-election to a fourth term in office. Enzi held Democratic nominee Charlie Hardy to just 17.5 percent of the vote – the lowest percentage of the vote for any major party nominee in Wyoming U.S. Senate electoral history out of the 39 races conducted during the direct election era.[1]

United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2014

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Nominee Mike Enzi Charlie Hardy Curt Gottshall
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 121,554 29,377 13,311
Percentage 72.2% 17.5% 7.9%

Wyoming Senate Election Results by County, 2014.svg
County Results
Enzi:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. Senator before election

Mike Enzi
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Mike Enzi
Republican

Contents

Republican primaryEdit

No incumbent Wyoming Republican Senator running for re-election in the direct vote era has failed to win their party's nomination.[2]

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

  • Thomas Bleming, former mercenary and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012[3][4]
  • Arthur Bruce Clifton, oil company worker[5][6]
  • Mike Enzi, incumbent Senator[7]
  • James "Coaltrain" Gregory[5]
  • Bryan E. Miller, retired Air Force officer and energy consultant[5]

WithdrewEdit

DeclinedEdit

EndorsementsEdit

Mike Enzi
Liz Cheney

PollingEdit

ResultsEdit

 
Results by county:
  Enzi—80–90%
  Enzi—70–80%
Republican primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Enzi 77,965 78.51%
Republican Bryan E. Miller 9,330 9.39%
Republican James "Coaltrain" Gregory 3,740 3.77%
Republican Thomas Bleming 2,504 2.52%
Republican Arthur Bruce Clifton 1,403 1.41%
Republican Write-in 346 0.35%
Republican Over Votes 51 0.05%
Republican Under Votes 3,973 4.00%
Total votes 99,312 100.00%

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

  • William Bryk, attorney from New York and perennial candidate[5]
  • Charlie Hardy, retired priest and candidate for Congress in 2012[23]
  • Al Hamburg, retired house painter, veteran and perennial candidate[5][24][25]
  • Rex Wilde, contracting company employee and candidate for Governor in 2010[26]

DeclinedEdit

ResultsEdit

 
Results by county:
  Hardy—50–60%
  Hardy—40–50%
  Hardy—<40%
  Wilde—40–50%
Democratic primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charlie Hardy 7,200 39.33%
Democratic Rex Wilde 3,012 16.46%
Democratic Al Hamburg 2,988 16.32%
Democratic William Bryk 1,670 9.12%
Democratic Write-in 216 1.18%
Democratic Over Votes 31 0.17%
Democratic Under Votes 3,189 17.42%
Total votes 18,306 100.00%

Independents and Third PartiesEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

General electionEdit

PredictionsEdit

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[31] Solid R November 3, 2014
Sabato's Crystal Ball[32] Safe R November 3, 2014
Rothenberg Political Report[33] Safe R November 3, 2014
Real Clear Politics[34] Safe R November 3, 2014

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Enzi (R)
Charlie
Hardy (D)
Other Undecided
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 419 ± 5.1% 66% 23% 5% 7%
Rasmussen Reports August 20–21, 2014 700 ± 4% 63% 27% 4% 5%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18 – September 2, 2014 350 ± 8% 66% 21% 4% 8%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20 – October 1, 2014 264 ± 7% 75% 17% 2% 6%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 258 ± 11% 67% 27% 0% 6%

ResultsEdit

United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2014[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Enzi 121,554 72.19%
Democratic Charlie Hardy 29,377 17.45%
Independent Curt Gottshall 13,311 7.90%
Libertarian Joseph Porambo 3,677 2.18%
Write-in Other 471 0.28%
Total votes 168,390 100.00%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (November 10, 2014). "Rock Bottom: Democrats Hit Multiple Low Water Marks in US Senate Elections". Smart Politics. 
  2. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (July 9, 2013). "Could Liz Cheney End Wyoming's GOP Incumbency Streak?". Smart Politics. 
  3. ^ "Bleming Announces Another Run for Wyoming U.S. Senate Seat". Kitsap Sun. May 17, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Mercenary Running for Wyo. Senate Seat has 'Psychopath' in Crosshairs". US News & World Report. June 28, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "2014 Primary Candidate Roster" (PDF). Wyoming Secretary of State. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Arizona man the only Democratic challenger to Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummi". Casper Star-Tribune. May 30, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Reilly, Mollie (July 16, 2013). "Mike Enzi Will Seek Reelection In 2014 Senate Race". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Martin, Jonathan (January 6, 2014). "Liz Cheney Quits Wyoming Senate Race". New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Senate 2014- State of the Races, Part 2". RedState.com. May 31, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Zeleny, Jeff (July 16, 2013). "Liz Cheney Jumps Into Wyoming Senate Race Against Mike Enzi". ABC News. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Everett, Burgess (July 28, 2013). "GOP Senators to Liz Cheney: We Like Mike Enzi". Politico. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "McCain supports Mike Enzi in race over Liz Cheney". AZCentral.com. July 21, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ Burns, Alexander (July 11, 2013). "Rand Paul: I've got Mike Enzi's back vs. Liz Cheney". Politico. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ Gizzi, John (July 23, 2013). "Rand Paul Delivers Payback to Cheneys". Newsmax. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ Everett, Burgess (July 22, 2013). "Olympia Snowe: Liz Cheney challenge to Mike Enzi 'unfortunate'". Politico. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Twitter / HeyTammyBruce: I'm thrilled w @Liz_Cheney's". Twitter.com. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  17. ^ "There Are No Indispensable Men". RedState. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sean Hannity Endorses Liz Cheney For Senate". Huffington Post. July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ Spiering, Charlie (July 22, 2013). "Conservative talk radio lining up behind Liz Cheney". Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  20. ^ Gold, Hadas (July 22, 2013). "Rush Limbaugh lines up with Liz Cheney". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  21. ^ Hohmann, James; Burns, Alexander; Raju, Manu (July 16, 2013). "Liz Cheney announces Senate bid". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "2014 Official Primary Election results" (PDF). Wyoming Secretary of State. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ Roerink, Kyle (January 21, 2014). "Mike Enzi has new opponent: Democrat and former Catholic priest Charlie Hardy". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  24. ^ Laura Hancock (June 1, 2014). "Felon, out-of-staters among candidates who filed to run for office". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  25. ^ Trevor Brown (May 25, 2014). "Controversial candidate bids for U.S. Senate seat". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  26. ^ Roerink, Kyle (January 22, 2014). "Second Democrat enters race against Wyoming U.S. Sen. Enzi". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  27. ^ a b c "Cheney Challenge Could Open Door to Dems in Wyoming". Newsmax. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  28. ^ Edwards-Levy, Ariel (July 23, 2013). "Liz Cheney Trails Mike Enzi In Wyoming Senate Race: Poll". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  29. ^ Trevor Brown (April 3, 2014). "Laramie pilot is making independent Senate run". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  30. ^ Trevor Brown (April 9, 2014). "Casper cook seeks U.S. Senate seat". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  31. ^ "2014 Senate Race Ratings for November 3, 2014". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved September 20, 2018. 
  32. ^ "The Crystal Ball's Final 2014 Picks". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved September 20, 2018. 
  33. ^ "2014 Senate Ratings". Senate Ratings. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved September 20, 2018. 
  34. ^ "2014 Elections Map - Battle for the Senate 2014". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved September 20, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Statewide Candidates Official Summary Wyoming General Election - November 4, 2014" (PDF). Wyoming Secretary of State. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 

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