Dems Switching to Republican Unlikely To Have Impacted Governor Race
(Gillette, Wyo.) Despite some accusations floating around the state, it doesn’t appear Democrats defected to the GOP to vote for Republican candidate for governor Mark Gordon. While some Dems switched, it doesn’t appear from the numbers enough did so to grant Gordon a win.
Wyoming law allows voters to switch parties the day they vote, making it perfectly legal for Democrats to switch to Republicans or vice-versa.
In the statewide Aug. 21 primary, Gordon defeated Foster Friess by 9,000 votes, which led some Republicans to theorize that Democrats, fearful of hardline candidate wins, switched to the GOP, which handed Gordon his win.
Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 1, registration numbers show total number of people who registered in Wyoming increased by 3,738. In that same period, the number of registered Democrats fell by 1,800 voters, while Republicans gained 8,201 registered voters after the primary.
In Sheridan County, Gordon had a substantial lead over Friess, of nearly two to one. After the primary, the number of registered Democrats in the county fell by about 119, while Republican registered voters grew by 657.