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The way it was: Candidates -- 1970

Oct 21, 2012 - Staff

Wyoming had three marquee elections in 1970. Former U.S. Rep. Teno Roncalio, a Democrat, sought to return to Washington after a four-year absence. He was facing retiring State Superintendent of Public Instruction Harry Roberts for the state's sole U.S. House seat.

In the governor's race, retired FBI agent and state party leader John Rooney challenged incumbent Republican Gov. Stanley K. Hathaway, who was seeking a second term.

The U.S. Senate race was another heavyweight battle, as first-term incumbent Sen. Gale McGee, a Democrat, ran against U.S. Rep. John Wold, a Republican seeking to make the jump from House to Senate after one term in Congress.

The three Democrats headlined a big rally at the Fremont County Fair Building in Riverton in late October, an event that also featured their party's nominee for Wyoming State Auditor, Mike Vinich of Hudson.

On election day, only Hathaway had an easy time of it, defeating Rooney by a 60-40 margin. But Roncalio and McGee both squeezed out narrow victories, and Democrats held two of the state's three seats in Congress (Republican Sen. Cliff Hansen held the other). Vinich was defeated.

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