Republican Mark Gordon elected governor in Wyoming

Republican Mark Gordon elected governor in Wyoming
Wyoming state Treasurer Mark Gordon (R) will be the state’s next governor after he easily outpaced former state House Minority Leader Mary Thorne (D) on Tuesday.
 
Gordon was something of an unlikely nominee to replace term-limited Gov. Matt Mead (R).
 
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Republicans in the state had expected Secretary of State Ed Murray (R) to be the front-runner for the job, but Murray resigned earlier this year after facing allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in the 1980s.
 
Gordon entered the race after Murray said he would not run. He narrowly won the Republican primary earlier this year over billionaire businessman Foster Friess and attorney Harriet Hageman. 
 
Wyoming is a deeply conservative state, but one that has elected Democratic governors in the recent past. Mead’s predecessor, Dave Freudenthal (D), held office for two terms.