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Barrasso, Lummis set to coast through primary

Aug 21, 2012 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso faced nominal opposition and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis was unopposed in Wyoming party primaries Tuesday that also promised to maintain the GOP's dominance in the state Legislature next year.

Barrasso, who is running for re-election for the first time, is gaining power in Washington as chairman of the Senate Republican Party Committee. A surgeon, Barrasso has made his mark as a leading opponent of the federal health care overhaul. He is opposed by Emmett A. Mavy of Alpine, a management consultant, and Thomas Bleming of Lusk, a self-described "soldier of fortune."

Tim Chesnut of Laramie, an Albany County commissioner, perennial candidate Al Hamburg of Torrington and William Bryk, a New York attorney who has filed as a protest candidate in several states, were seeking the Democratic bid to challenge Barrasso. Party activists said Chesnut was favored to win Tuesday.

Lummis has served in the U.S. House since 2008. In November, she will face Democrat Chris Henrichsen, a political science instructor from Casper, who also was unopposed Tuesday. Henrichsen ran on a platform of representing working families while distancing himself from the national Democratic Party.

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