Aug 22, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff WriterWyoming House District 34 incumbent Rita Campbell won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary election over challenger Lois Herbst, according to unofficial election results.
The candidate was seeking her second consecutive term and earned 1,020 votes, or about 56 percent. Her challenger received 716 votes, or nearly 40 percent, according to the unofficial results.
Nearly 4 percent of the ballots cast did not have a vote in the contest.
Campbell expressed gratitude toward the voters after the election.
"I'm relieved," she said. "It's been a tough campaign. And it could have gone either way, and I realize that."
Campbell and Herbst are longtime ranchers who live near each other between Riverton and Shoshoni.
"We are close neighbors and have known each other for over 50 years," Campbell said. "But I was the incumbent, and I just didn't feel like I was ready to give up."
Herbst could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.
Campbell said she is "looking forward to November" for the general election.
A Democratic Party candidate did not register to appear on the primary election ballot, meaning Campbell could face no competition in the Nov. 6 contest. It was not immediately clear if a write-in candidate would emerge from Tuesday's results.
From the legislative redistricting that happened earlier this year, House District 34 spans a massive rural area through Fremont County from Jeffrey City in the southeast to Pavillion and into Dubois in the northwest.
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