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Allen tops Cardenas in HD33

Aug 22, 2012 - By Joshua Scheer, Staff Writer

Rural Lander resident Jim Allen won the Republican nomination for the Wyoming House District 33 seat by a landslide.

According to unofficial results, with all precincts and absentee ballots reported, Allen had 546 votes, or 79 percent of the total, beating challenger Daniel Cardenas of St. Stephen's, who had 106 votes. There were 690 votes cast.

"I'm pretty tickled," Allen said Tuesday evening.

He was surprised by how much he won.

"I sure didn't think it would be as lopsided," he said. "I got five times as many votes as my opponent."

Cardenas could not be reached for comment by press time.

Allen will be moving on to the Nov. 6 general election and will face incumbent Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete.

Goggles was unopposed in the primary election. He received 278 votes, which equaled 87.97 percent of the total. There were 12 write-in votes.

"I'm pretty energized," Allen said, adding that he would work hard leading up to the general.

This will be the second time Allen and Goggles will face off in a general election. Allen was appointed to the House position in 2004 and lost to Goggles in that year's general election.

In 2010, Cardenas lost to Goggles in the general election by 19 votes.

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