CHEYENNE, WY - Gov. Matt Mead has won the Republican primary election for Wyoming governor, beating two other GOP candidates as he seeks re-election in November.
Mead, a former federal prosecutor, was elected governor in 2010. During his term, statewide unemployment has dropped to about 4 percent. Mead also has presided over an increase in Wyoming's savings and enticed high-tech companies to expand in the state.
Mead defeated Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and Cheyenne doctor Taylor Haynes in Tuesday's vote.
Mead will face Pete Gosar, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, in November.
Governor Mead released this statement after learning of his win: "This is a tremendous win. I am honored by the support of thousands of volunteers throughout Wyoming who helped tell our story. This was a grassroots effort. Wyoming voters expect personal contact, and I have done that as Governor and I continued that in my campaign. My campaign relied on direct communication with Wyoming voters – volunteers went to 60,000 doors; individuals contributed and over 5000 friends shared my message on Facebook.
I made promises to the people of Wyoming four years ago, and I kept those promises – a focus on jobs and the economy; protecting Wyoming’s way of life against federal intrusion; investing in local communities and expanding opportunities for technology.
I will continue to communicate that record and my vision for Wyoming."