Today In Wyoming's History: History in the Making: The 2014 Primary Election: The 2014 Wyoming Primary occurred yesterday. The election was one of the most remarkable in recent history in that it featured the near co...and noting the statewide results just linked in, there are a couple of remarkable items in the results.
One is that Tea Party candidates for state office did remarkably poorly nearly everywhere. This would suggest that the Tea Party elements that appeared to be gaining a great deal of ground prior the Primary, and which had come to dominate some county organizations, are not nearly as popular as would have been previously thought. Indeed, it would appear that their strength at the county level is probably due to their enthusiastic members rather than numbers, and when it comes to voting, the base isn't there.
Additionally, it's interesting how poorly Cindy Hill did everywhere. Hill was the center of the controversy which gave rise to Tea Party activism this primary but she seems to have had very little support amongst actual GOP voters. Indeed, Tea Party voters went for Taylor Haynes in much greater numbers.
That's interesting too in that while Haynes did not achieve anywhere near the votes he would have needed in order to topple Governor Mead, he himself is fairly well liked. This says a lot for Wyoming voters and suggests that the old Wyoming GOP may still be there for the most part. Haynes is from Laramie County, which is generally unpopular in general elections, he isn't actually originally from here, and he's black. Voters shouldn't have weighed any of that in their considerations, and they appear to have not done so, to their credit. Native Hill was proved to be unpopular and Haynes did much better. As Haynes may not actually hold views as extreme as he stated during this election, it'll be interesting to see if he has a future in Wyoming GOP politics.