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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Take on the 2010 WY Races

Here's a rundown of how I think the WY races will go:

Governor: Incumbent Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal is currently rumored to be considering challenging the term-limit laws in the state. If he does and he succeeds, the Democrats will unify behind Freudenthal. If he does not or does and he fails, potential candidates include Attorney, former State Pipeline Authority Chair, and son of former Governor JJ Hickey Paul Hickey and State Senate Minority Leader Mike Massie. On the GOP side, former US Attorney Matt Mead, State Auditor Rita Meyer, former State Agriculture Director and former State House Speaker Pro Tempore Ron Micheli, and State House Speaker Colin Simpson are in the running. The GOP Primary is a Tossup. If Freudenthal runs again, the race is a TOSSUP. If Freudenthal declines, GOP GAIN.

Secretary of State: Incumbent GOP Secretary of State Max Maxfield is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Maxfield. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

State Auditor: Incumbent GOP State Auditor Rita Meyer is running for Governor. The GOP has unified behind CPA Bruce Brown. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

State Treasurer: Incumbent GOP State Treasurer Joe Meyer is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Meyer. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Incumbent GOP State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind McBride. The Democrats have no announced candidates, but State Senate Minority Leader Mike Massie is a potential candidate. Whether or not the Democrats run anybody, GOP HOLD.

WY-AL: Incumbent GOP Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Lummis. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

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