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Encyclopedia > Wyoming United States Senate elections, 2008
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The Wyoming US Senate elections for 2008 will be held on November 4, 2008. The elections will mark a rarity in United States Senate elections, in which both seats will be up for election simultaneously; the last election in which this occured were the United States Senate elections for Kansas in 1996. The seats up for election will be held by incumbent Mike Enzi, a Senator from Senate Class II, who was last elected in 2002, and for the unexpired portion of deceased Senator Craig Thomas, from Class I, who was re-elected in 2006. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... November 4 is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Bradley Mike Enzi (born February 1, 1944) is a United States Senator from Wyoming. ... The three classes of US Senators, each currently including 33 or 34 Senators (since Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, and until another state is admitted), are a means used by the United States Senate for describing the schedules of Senate seats elections, and of the expiration of the... Craig Lyle Thomas (February 17, 1933 – June 4, 2007) was a three-term Republican United States Senator from Wyoming. ... The three classes of US Senators, each currently including 33 or 34 Senators (since Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, and until another state is admitted), are a means used by the United States Senate for describing the schedules of Senate seats elections, and of the expiration of the... The 2006 U.S. Senate election for the state of Wyoming will be held on November 7, 2006. ...

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Primary elections

Class I

Republican Primary

The Republican appointed by Governor Dave Freudenthal to replace the deceased senator Craig Thomas can be expected to, though may choose not to, run in the Republican primary for the right to compete in the general election to fill the remainder of senator Craig Thomas' term. The state Republican central committee will meet to choose the three nominees on Tuesday, June 19 whose names will be submitted to Governor Freudenthal by June 20. [1] A special election will be held, concurrent with the regular 2008 election, to fill the seat until Thomas' term ends in 2012.[2] One possible candidate on the GOP side is Mike Mead who just resigned as U.S. attorney for Wyoming.[3] Others include state Representative Colin Simpson, state Senator John Barrasso, Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Sansonetti, and former state House Speaker Randall Luthi, who is currently Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. David D. Freudenthal (born October 12, 1950) is the governor of the U.S. state of Wyoming. ... Craig Thomas may be: Craig Thomas (author), (born 1942) Craig Thomas (politician), (born 1933) US Senator from Wyoming. ... Craig Thomas may be: Craig Thomas (author), (born 1942) Craig Thomas (politician), (born 1933) US Senator from Wyoming. ...


List of applicants for vacant senate seat

Cheyenne attorney Bruce Asay.; State Sen. John Barrasso, R-Casper,; State Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander; Doug Chamberlain of LaGrange; Ben Collins, Jr., of Casper; State Rep. Dave Edwards, R-Douglas; Denis Fox, of Wolf; Powell insurance agent Larry French; Brian Gamroth, of Casper; Radio station owner and attorney Jan Gray, of Casper; Laramie attorney John Holtz; Wheatland attorney Ray Hunkins; Cheyenne attorney Paul Kruse; Nora Lewis, of Basin; Cynthia Lummis, of Cheyenne; Former Wyoming House Speaker Randall Luthi, of Star Valley; Former Wyoming U.S. Attorney Matt Mead; Clif McCrady, of Casper; Former state Department of Agriculture Director Ron Micheli, of Fort Bridger; Douglas rancher Frank Moore; Teton County Commissioner Bill Paddleford, of Jackson; Thom Rankin, of Casper, the Libertarian candidate for Wyoming's U.S. House seat last year; Cheyenne attorney Tom Sansonetti; Jack Sapp, of Cheyenne; Teton County Republican Chairman Joe Schloss, of Jackson; State Rep. Colin Simpson, R-Cody; Wheatland feedlot owner Randall Stevenson; Rock Springs attorney Clark Stith; Nate Stratton, of Casper; Jeanna Wright, of Sheridan; Charles Young, of Rawlins.[4]


Democratic Primary

Democrat Gary Trauner who narrowly lost his bid for congress in 2006 against incumbant republican congreswoman Barbara Cubin, may run in the special election to finish the remainder of Craig Thomas' term. The democrats strongest candidate, however, is considered to be Governor Dave Freudenthal. He has so far refused to challenge Senator Mike Enzi in 2008 but hasn't declared his intentions with regard to the special election. Gary Trauner (born 1959) was a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in the 2006 elections, seeking to unseat incumbent Barbara Cubin as the representative for Wyomings at-large Congressional seat. ... Barbara Lynn Cubin (born November 30, 1946) is an American politician. ... David D. Freudenthal (born October 12, 1950) is the governor of the U.S. state of Wyoming. ... Michael Bradley Mike Enzi (born February 1, 1944) is a United States Senator from Wyoming. ...


Class II

Republican Primary

Michael Bradley Mike Enzi (born February 1, 1944) is a United States Senator from Wyoming. ...

Democratic Primary

The democrats will have difficulties recruiting a credible candidate to challenge Senator Enzi since their chances of picking up a senate seat seem better in the special election to fill the remainder of Craig Thomas' term where the Democratic candidate will not face a popular, long-time, well entrenched incumbent. Craig Thomas may be: Craig Thomas (author), (born 1942) Craig Thomas (politician), (born 1933) US Senator from Wyoming. ...


 
 

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