Consultant secures Democratic nomination in Wyoming House race

Consultant secures Democratic nomination in Wyoming House race
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Consultant Greg Hunter won the Wyoming Democratic House nomination to challenge Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House Liz Cheney calls for House vote on Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Liz Cheney mocks Booker over factory farming comments: 'I support PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals' MORE (R-Wyo.) in November, edging out immigration attorney Travis Helm in the primary.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press called the race for Hunter, who carried 61 percent of the vote.

Hunter, a Laramie-based consultant, has touted his work with federal agencies and has campaigned on a message of preserving access to public lands and expanding Medicaid in Wyoming. He also supports the “Medicare for all” proposal popularized by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE (I-Vt.). 

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He will face Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, in the November general election.

Cheney easily secured the Republican nomination in her primary on Tuesday, setting her up to seek a second term in the House. She is expected to sail to reelection in November.

Wyoming is among the deepest-red states in the country. Voters in the state have not elected a Democrat to the House since 1976, and Wyoming handed President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE his largest margin of victory of any state in the 2016 election.