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Winters and Skates win their HD28 primaries
Aug 23, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer
Republican candidate Nathan Winters and Democratic challenger Connie Skates each won their primaries for House District 28 in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results.
The Wyoming Secretary of State's office reported that Winters earned 1,403 votes, while Republican hopefuls Echo Renner received 1,010 and "Roll" Roland Luehne got 102.
Skates earned 158 votes while Democratic Party challenger Carl Leyba received 99 votes, according to results.
If the results stand, both successful candidates who are Thermopolis residents will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
They are seeking to replace Lorraine Quarberg, R-Thermopolis, who decided not to seek re-election.
Incumbent Sen. Gerald Geis, R-Worland, for the similar legislative district, did not have a challenger in the primary. So far no one is challenging him in the Nov. 6 general election, but a write-in candidate could emerge.
Voters in the far northeast corner of Fremont County including the Shoshoni and Lysite areas joined the different legislative districts that changed with the 2010 Census.
In addition to the small portion of Fremont County, the House and Senate districts cover parts of Hot Springs, Albany and Park counties.
Legislative redistricting that happened earlier this year removed the Shoshoni and Lysite areas from Fremont County representation in Cheyenne.