Incumbent Republican Sen. John Barrasso won a third term in Congress on Tuesday, defeating Wilson Democratic businessman Gary Trauner with two-thirds of the vote.
The election was called early in the evening after Barrasso jumped out to a sizeable lead. With 96 percent of the votes in at 11 p.m., Barrasso had received 129,291 votes to Trauner’s 59,509. Libertarian Joseph Porambo had received 5,368 votes.
Barrasso issued a press release at 7:38 p.m. thanking Wyoming voters.
“I am deeply grateful to voters for giving me the incredible opportunity to continue to serve Wyoming in the U.S. Senate,” the email read. “It is a great privilege to work every day for the future of our state and country.
“I look forward to working closely with Wyoming people as well as those elected to represent us, Gov.-elect Gordon, Rep. Cheney, my good friend and partner Mike Enzi, as well the legislative and local elected leaders to achieve long-lasting results.”
According to The Associated Press, Barrasso spent over $3 million on his campaign, six times more than Trauner’s $500,000. Barrasso raised $5.5 million to Trauner’s $800,000.
This is Trauner’s third statewide election loss. He fell by just a half a percentage point to longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin in his bid for Congress in 2006 and lost to Cynthia Lumis in 2008 in his second bid for Wyoming’s sole House seat.