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Trump endorses conservative mega-donor in Wyoming GOP gubernatorial primary

Trump endorses conservative mega-donor in Wyoming GOP gubernatorial primary

President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE offered an eleventh-hour endorsement on Tuesday to conservative mega-donor Foster Friess in Wyoming's GOP gubernatorial primary. 

"To the incredible people of the Great State of Wyoming: Go VOTE TODAY for Foster Friess - He will be a fantastic Governor! Strong on Crime, Borders & 2nd Amendment," Trump tweeted. "Loves our Military & our Vets. He has my complete and total Endorsement!"

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The endorsement came as voters in Wyoming headed to the polls for the state's primaries. Friess, who made his fortune in investment and asset management, is vying against a crowded GOP field in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary.

His most significant challenger is Wyoming state Treasurer Mark Gordon, who remains the only candidate in the race with extensive experience in public office.

Trump's endorsement is likely to pack a powerful punch in Wyoming, especially in a Republican primary. Voters in the state gave Trump his largest margin in the country in the 2016 presidential election. 

Friess previously secured the endorsement of Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Donald Trump Jr. attacks Cheney at CPAC: 'Lincoln Project Liz' MORE, who penned an op-ed earlier this month in the Casper Star-Tribune in which he called Friess “a true partner to President Trump in pursuing the Make America Great Again agenda.”

Since announcing his candidacy in April, Friess has sought to talk up his ties to the Trump administration, including to officials such as Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoIt will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Pompeo not ruling out 2024 White House bid MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Interior finalizes plan to open 80 percent of Alaska petroleum reserve to drilling | Justice Department lawyers acknowledge presidential transition in court filing | Trump admin pushes for permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff Trump administration pushes for grazing permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff Interior secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after two days of meetings with officials: report MORE

Friess is a well-known donor in conservative circles. Even as he campaigned for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Wyoming, he gave to campaigns nationwide, including that of Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke Marjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions MORE (R-Wyo.), who is expected to easily win her primary on Tuesday.