Consultant secures Democratic nomination in Wyoming House race

Consultant Greg Hunter won the Wyoming Democratic House nomination to challenge Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense: Senate confirms US military’s first African American service chief | Navy to ban display of Confederate flags | GOP lawmakers urge Trump not to cut troops in Germany Republicans urge Trump to reject slashing US troop presence in Germany Cheney blasts Trump move to draw down troops in Germany: ‘Dangerously misguided’ MORE (R-Wyo.) in November, edging out immigration attorney Travis Helm in the primary.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press called the race for Hunter, who carried 61 percent of the vote.

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Hunter, a Laramie-based consultant, has touted his work with federal agencies and has campaigned on a message of preserving access to public lands and expanding Medicaid in Wyoming. He also supports the “Medicare for all” proposal popularized by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.). 

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He will face Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, in the November general election.

Cheney easily secured the Republican nomination in her primary on Tuesday, setting her up to seek a second term in the House. She is expected to sail to reelection in November.

Wyoming is among the deepest-red states in the country. Voters in the state have not elected a Democrat to the House since 1976, and Wyoming handed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE his largest margin of victory of any state in the 2016 election.

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