Wyoming Senate race already heating up - KOTA Territory News

Wyoming Senate race already heating up


Election Day 2014 is a year away, but the race between Republican U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and his challenger, Liz Cheney, another Republican, is on the minds of many voters already.

"The primary's going to be a big deal in Wyoming. It's a turning point for one campaign or the other," said Ryan Mulholland, the Sheridan County campaign leader for Cheney for Wyoming.

What is shaping up as the most high profile race in Wyoming's history already has plenty of money. Each campaign has raised more than $1 million and super-pac attack ads have hit the airwaves.

But the official campaigns say they will focus on the issues.

"Senator Enzi has no intention of engaging in negativism in campaigning. I cannot predict how the campaign will evolve," said Harlan Rasmussen, the Sheridan County co-chair for Enzi's reelection campaign.

"Wyoming has a proud tradition and this can be a very civil process. I think Liz has done a good job of showing how civil this process can be," said Mulholland.

Talking with people on the Sheridan streets, they still expect the campaigns to turn negative.

"You got Dick Cheney wanting to get his daughter into politics and you got Enzi trying to hang on to what he's got. It's going to get dirty," said John Batt of Sheridan.

"I don't feel that negative does anything any good," said John Lien of Story.

But the campaigns say it's the ground work, not the ads, that will win the August primary election.

"Wyoming I think has always been a state that likes to meet and personally shake the hand of the people that they're electing to represent them," said Rasmussen.

Cheney and Enzi unveiled their campaign teams Monday.

Cheney has more than 50 listed as state and county leaders, while Enzi's state campaign team includes 350 supporters.

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