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Easy wins Tuesday for Barrasso and Lummis

Nov 7, 2012 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso won his first, full six-year Senate term and Rep. Cynthia Lummis beat her Democratic challenger to hold on to Wyoming's lone congressional seat Tuesday.

Voters chose two well-funded Republican incumbents over two Democratic challengers who scrambled to make themselves seen and heard on the campaign trail.

Barrasso won with a whopping 75.9 percent of the vote to Democrat Tim Chesnut's 21.6 percent.

In the House race, Lummis received 69.1 percent to Democrat Chris Henrichsen's 23.8 percent.

Barrasso was appointed in 2007 after Sen. Craig Thomas died in office. He was elected in 2008 to finish Thomas' term. He and Lummis raised far more money than their Democratic challengers, who were both newcomers to congressional races.

Wyoming's incumbents also benefited from voter registration numbers showing Republicans outnumbering Democrats better than three-to-one in Wyoming.

"I just want to thank the people of Wyoming for their support, their encouragement and their votes," Barrasso said Tuesday night. "And I'm just grateful for the confidence of the people of Wyoming to allow me to represent them, there's still a lot of work to do."

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