Bannon encouraging Blackwater founder to primary Wyoming senator: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is pushing Blackwater founder Erik Prince to challenge Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThis week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul Dissent is democratic: Stop calling McCain, Corker, Flake RINOs The farm bill presents a chance to lighten the regulatory burden of farmers MORE (R-Wyo.) in the state's 2018 Republican senate primary, according to The New York Times.

Prince, who is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosToday’s education system is perfectly designed for no one DeVos blames Trump transition team for shaky confirmation hearings Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots MORE, reportedly traveled to Wyoming this weekend to find out how to establish residency in the state.

A source told the Times that Prince has told DeVos that he wants to challenge Barrasso, who serves as a senior member of GOP leadership in the Senate. 

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The report comes as Bannon, who currently serves as the chairman of Breitbart News, is pushing for a number of anti-establishment figures to challenge sitting Republican senators in next year's primaries. 

Bannon has allied himself with Prince as recently as August, when Prince urged President Trump to use contractors in place of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. 

While National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem In Africa, defense without diplomacy and development is a losing strategy McCain pledges 'rigorous oversight' after Air Force failure to report Texas gunman's conviction MORE were opposed to the idea, Bannon was reportedly in favor. 

Prince founded the private military company Blackwater in 1997. 

The company fell under scrutiny when four of its members were convicted in 2007 of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.