The candidates in the Republican primary for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat each enjoyed support from their home regions, but state Sen. Barbara Cubin's appeal appeared to cut a swath through the state.
Unofficial returns showed Cubin won 33,704 votes (or 39 percent) in the five-way Republican primary for the House to earn the chance to run against Democrat Bob Schuster, who picked up 24,546 votes to defeat Sheridan eye doctor Jon Herschler with 17,654. Schuster ran his campaign spots on several Utah television stations.Herschler, who had complained throughout the primary that his ideas were misrepresented by Schuster, said he hoped the general election campaign would see the two winning candidates focus on issues.
"I'll vote for the one with the best idea of how to solve the country's problems," he said. "It isn't clear to me right now which candidate that is."
In the gubernatorial race, State Sen. Jim Geringer defeated three GOP opponents for the chance to battle two-time secretary of state Kathy Karpan, a Clinton Democrat who hopes to extend her party's 20-year control of the governorship.
Geringer had 37,823 votes, or 42 percent in Tuesday's primary, to 27,987 votes, or 31 percent for former state Sen. John Perry. State Sen. Charles Scott had 20,184 votes, or 23 percent.
Democrat Karpan had no opposition. She hopes to succeed Gov. Mike Sullivan, who is seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate.