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+Mark Gordon (R) i
143,696
74.07%
Theresa A. Livingston (D)
30,686
15.82%
Jared J. Baldes (L)
8,157
4.20%
write-ins
11,461
5.91%

194,000

Ballots Cast: 198,198.
Plurality: 113,010 votes (58.25 percentage points).

WY Secretary of State



Notes:  Gov. Mark Gordon (R) coasted to a second term, defeating Theresa A. Livingston (D), a retired BLM employee from Worland, and Jared J. Baldes (L) from Riverton. 

Livingston ran her own campaign. 
She focused on equality, Medicare expansion, and the economy.  She said she sought to explain what she was for and avoid bad-mouthing other candidates.  Livingston hoped to get more people to vote and encourage more Democrats to run for office, but Wyoming is difficult terrain for Democrats, and the lack of a campaign organization and limited resources led to the meager result.
 

Additionally, supporters of Brent Bien, the "America First" candidate who finished second in the Republican primary, organized a write in effort.  Bien wrote he was "honored and humbled" but emphasized that he was not running, funding or coordinating the grassroots effort.

The three candidates on the ballot participated in a debate hosted by Wyoming PBS at Central Wyoming College on Oct. 13 (>). 


August 16 Primaries
Gordon made his campaign announcement in Buffalo on Apr. 4, 2022 (>).  In the primary he faced four challengers:  Brent Bien, a retired Marine Corps colonel from Sheridan; James Scott Quick, an oilfield business owner and Marine Corps veteran from Douglas; and Rex Rammell, a veterinarian from Rock Springs who was the Constitution Party nominee for governor in 2018 and has run for office half a dozen times.  Gordon won 61.54% of 164,351 votes tallied, followed by Bien (29.55%), Rammell and Quick.

On the Democratic side, two little known candidates vied for the nomination: Livingston, from Worland, who had run for state Senate in 2020, and Rex Wilde, a retired cabinet maker from Cheyenne, who has run for office multiple times.  Of 7,223 votes tallied, Livingston won 69.13% to 27.91% for Wilde.

Turnout in the primary was boosted by the high-profile Liz Cheney-Harriet Hageman U.S. House race;  40.8% of voting age population turned outde, the highest level since 1994.




Campaign Managers:
Mark GordonTom Wiblemo, Campaign Coordinator
Campaign manager on Sen. Tom Barrasso's 2018 re-election.  Executive director of the Wyoming Republican Party in 2016.  Chief of staff  (July 2011-Oct. 2015) and administrative assistant (Jan. 2009-July 2011) to U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis.  Chief of staff (Aug. 2001-Jan. 2009) and press secretary (1999-Aug. 2001) to U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin.  B.S. from South Dakota State University.



See also:
Ken Pendergraft.  "An Interview With Cheryl Aguiar: Write In Brent Bien for Governor."  The Ramble Room Podcast, Nov. 3, 2022.

Leo Wolfson.  "Brent Bien Lost By 50,000 Votes To Mark Gordon But Volunteers Still Push Write-In Effort."  Cowboy State Daily, Nov. 1, 2022.

--.  "Governor of Wyoming."  Casper Star-Tribune, Oct. 30, 2022.

Maggie Mullen.  "Five challengers vying to oust incumbent Gov. Gordon."  WyoFile, July 5, 2022.

Leo Wolfson.  "Wyoming Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Rex Wilde Focuses on Water."  Cowboy State Daily, June 10, 2022.

Leo Wolfson.  "James Quick Pledges Focus on Fossil Fuels If Elected Governor."  Cowboy State Daily, May 19, 2022.

Wendy Corr.  "Who Is Brent Bien And Why Is He Running for Governor of Wyoming?"  Cowboy State Daily, Apr. 13, 2022.






 

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