Major GOP donor Friess to enter Wyoming governor race

GOP mega-donor Foster Friess will announce on Friday that he’s launching a campaign for Wyoming governor.

Friess is set to speak and make the announcement at the Wyoming GOP’s convention in Laramie, The Hill confirmed. He’s running to replace term-limited Gov. Matt Mead (R), where a number of Republican candidates are already running.

The news was first reported by Politico.

Friess, whose net worth was about $530 million in 2012 according to The Wall Street Journal, bankrolled a super PAC that supported former Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) 2012 presidential campaign.

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Last year, Friess was considering a primary challenge to Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoGOP senators urge Trump to back off Murkowski threat House Democrats roll out 0B green transportation infrastructure bill IRS proposes guidance for expanded carbon capture tax credit MORE (R-Wyo.).

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, who had been looking to field challengers to sitting GOP incumbents, had discussions with Friess in October about potentially backing a candidate to run against Barrasso in a primary.

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