Wyoming Democrats gather in Rock Springs

By: AP
By: AP

Rock Springs, WY (AP) - Wyoming Democrats are holding their convention Friday and Saturday in Rock Springs.

Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar says no Democrat has announced yet as a candidate in this year's governor's race.

Republican Gov. Matt Mead is seeking re-election and faces challenges from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and from retired Cheyenne physician Taylor Haynes.

Four years ago, then-Democratic Party Chairwoman Leslie Petersen of Jackson ran for governor after no other candidate in her party materialized. She lost to Mead in the general election.

Democrats haven't held a statewide political office in Wyoming since Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who held office before Mead was elected.

There are fewer than 53,000 registered Wyoming Democrats compared to over 166,000 registered Republicans. Four years ago, there were over 65,000 Democrats versus 156,000 Republicans.

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