CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's Mike Enzi has won the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate, beating four challengers as he seeks a fourth term.
The 70-year-old Enzi says he's seeking another term because his seniority on several Senate committees serves Wyoming's interests. His priorities include simplifying the tax code.
Enzi's most serious challenger had been Liz Cheney, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. She had difficulty getting mainstream Republicans to back her candidacy and, citing family health issues, dropped out of the race in January.
He defeated Bryan Miller of Sheridan, Thomas Bleming of Lusk, Arthur Bruce Clifton of Cheyenne and James Gregory of Jackson, in Tuesday's primary.
Senator Enzi released a statement regarding his win.
“I am proud, grateful and humbled to be the Republican nominee to represent Wyoming in the United States Senate. I’ve said many times before, I don’t run against anyone, I run to renew my contract with the people of Wyoming. And tonight, I am so thankful to the voters of Wyoming who came out to renew that contract.
“But this night doesn’t belong to me, or any of the candidates, it belongs to the voters of Wyoming and the thousands of volunteers across the state who have supported me this year. As most of you know, I started my campaign a little earlier than normal last July. While Diana and I knew we had many terrific friends and volunteers all around the state, we were simply overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and prayers we received early on.
“Folks in every corner of Wyoming rallied behind us and got to work right away building out our campaign committees and calling on volunteers. As a result we have a campaign committee that is more than 1,500 strong, and a list of many, many more volunteers. To every one of my supporters who have organized events for me, distributed yard signs and bumper stickers, wrote letters to local papers in support and advocated for me to their friends and neighbors, I say thank you.
“But we’re not done yet, and I still need your help. Between now and November, I’ll continue to run an aggressive campaign that wins votes the same way I always have – county-by-county, door-by-door and person-by-person. I'm committed to reaching as many Wyoming citizens as I possibly can, and I hope I can count on your support.”
Senator Enzi also commented on the importance of rallying behind Republican candidates nominated by Wyoming voters.
“Tonight as we find out the results of the Republican primary races across Wyoming, it is time to unite as a party. Nearly all the statewide and federal Republican candidates signed a unity pledge at the Wyoming Republican Convention last May, committing to support the Republican nominee elected by the voters. As a party, it is more important than ever that we do just that.
“We need to show folks across the state, and throughout the country, that Republicans can have our differences, but still stand united in our principles. And if we do, Republicans will be a force to be reckoned with this fall.”