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) SandersSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 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 TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE his largest margin of victory of any state in the 2016 election.