Trump Wins Big in County 17, Likewise Cheney & Lummis

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Creative Commons)
Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Though the result of the presidential election hasn’t been settled at the national level, President Trump scored big in Campbell County and Wyoming. Trump picked up 16,973 votes (86.76%) in Campbell County, with former Vice President Joe Biden picking up a meager 1,935 local votes.

National networks and poll watchers expect Biden to easily win the popular vote, but the U.S. uses the Electoral College to determine the presidency. The Electoral College allocates states electors based upon each states’ total U.S. House Representatives and Senators. Additionally, the Twenty-Third Amendment to the Constitution provides Washington, D.C. with the number of electors it “would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State.”

The least populous state, Wyoming, has three electors. All of Wyoming’s three electors will go to President Trump. There are 538 total electors allocated. The “race to 270” is just the simple majority (269 + 1) of the electors to win the presidency.

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Statewide, Trump earned 193,454 votes (69.94%) in Wyoming compared to Biden’s 73,445 (26.55%).

In Campbell County, Trump managed to increase his win from 2016, where he earned 85.98% of the vote and Hillary Clinton earned 7.21% of the local vote.

Cheney set up for even greater influence in D.C.

Representative Liz Cheney was easily reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Cheney received 185,602 votes statewide (68.56%), with Democrat Lynnette Grey Bull receiving 66,539 (24.58%). Libertarian Richard Brubaker and Constitution Party candidate Jeff Haggit ended the night with 10,113 and 7,930, respectively.

In a press release yesterday, Cheney said, “I’m honored that the people of Wyoming have entrusted me to continue to fight for our shared values as their lone voice in the House of Representatives. We have so many important challenges ahead of us and I look forward to standing up for Wyoming’s interests and values.”

Cheney has risen up through the Republican ranks quickly. She currently is the House Republican Conference Chair, the House GOP’s third-highest position.

Lummis returns to D.C., but GOP control of the Senate still unsure

Republican Cynthia Lummis was a big winner last night, becoming Wyoming’s first female U.S. Senator. In a state full of firsts for women, Lummis’ success is added to Representative Liz Cheney’s reelection, with women holding two of Wyoming’s three  federal offices.

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Lummis received 197,961 (72.85%) votes in the state against Democratic contender Merav Ben David who received 72,720 (26.76%).

Lummis isn’t a newcomer to Wyoming politics. She represented Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives from Jan. 3, 2009 through Jan. 3, 2017. Lummis chose not to run for reelection to the House and was succeeded by Representative Liz Cheney. Lummis was also Wyoming’s 27th state treasurer.

As Lummis heads to D.C., the balance of power in the U.S. Senate is still unsure. A number of Republicans, who were believed to be in competitive races, retained their seats. Reporting by Fox News, however, indicates Senate Democrats have currently picked up one  seat. Democrats need to pick up four seats for a majority or three seats and the presidency, where then-Vice President Kamala Harris could break ties.