Dems Switching to Republican Unlikely To Have Impacted Governor Race
(Gillette, Wyo.) Despite some accusations floating around the state, it doesn’t appear Democrats defected to the GOP to vote for Republican candidate for governor Mark Gordon. While some Dems switched, it doesn’t appear from the numbers enough did so to grant Gordon a win.
Wyoming law allows voters to switch parties the day they vote, making it perfectly legal for Democrats to switch to Republicans or vice-versa.
In the statewide Aug. 21 primary, Gordon defeated Foster Friess by 9,000 votes, which led some Republicans to theorize that Democrats, fearful of hardline candidate wins, switched to the GOP, which handed Gordon his win.
The debate is moot here in Campbell County, where Gordon came in third behind Harriet Hageman and Foster Friess, but voter registration numbers from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office show it’s unlikely switching Democrats had much to do with Gordon’s win.
Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 1, registration numbers show total number of people who registered in Wyoming increased by 3,738. In that same period, the number of registered Democrats fell by 1,800 voters, while Republicans gained 8,201 registered voters after the primary.
Here in Campbell County, where Gordon had more than 300 votes less than Friess and Hageman, Democratic voting rolls shrunk after the primary by two voters. The Republicans gained 185 new voters. Unaffiliated, Constitution Party, and Libertarians shrunk by 64 voters. Total new registered voters after the primary came to 119.