Trump endorses conservative mega-donor in Wyoming GOP gubernatorial primary

Trump endorses conservative mega-donor in Wyoming GOP gubernatorial primary

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr., Meadows wear matching Trump jackets on 'Fox & Friends' Group auctioning off hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr. Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: More closures possible at US bases in Europe as coronavirus spreads | Pompeo says Afghan 'reduction in violence is working' | Man accused of trying to blow up vehicle at Pentagon Pompeo: Afghanistan 'reduction of violence is working' Pompeo accuses China and Iran of hiding coronavirus outbreak MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInternational hunting council disbands amid litigation Europe deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks 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 CheneyThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed Liz Cheney blasts NYT for publishing op-ed by Taliban leader MORE (R-Wyo.), who is expected to easily win her primary on Tuesday.