By David Peck
Big Horn County voters matched statewide results by favoring Liz Cheney and Ryan Greene as the Republican and Democratic nominees, respectively, for Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Cheney, of Wilson, carried the county with 1,077 votes, 41 percent, according to unofficial results released by the Big Horn County Clerk’s office. State Sen. Leland Christensen of Alta finished a distant second with 583 votes, 22 percent, and Casper lawyer and state Rep. Tim Stubson was third, tallying 485 votes for 18 percent.
Darin Smith of Cheyenne placed fourth with 246 votes, followed by Mike Konsmo of Powell with 77 votes, Paul Paad with 51, Jason Adam Senteny with 45, Heath Beaudry with 24 and Rex Rammel, who had withdrawn from the race but was still on the ballot, with 22.
Green, of Rock Springs, carried Big Horn County with 104 votes to 76 for Charlie Hardy of Cheyenne.
Daniel Clyde Cummings of Casper was unopposed for the Constitution Party nomination and received 11 votes in Big Horn County. Unopposed Libertarian candidate Lawrence Struempf received six votes.
Cheney, daughter of former Wyoming Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Defense and Vice President Dick Cheney, overcame charges of being an opportunist who only moved to Wyoming in recent years to run for office. She carried 11 of Big Horn County’s 13 precincts including Lovell with 267 votes to 163 for Stubson and 115 for Christensen, Greybull with 225 votes to 118 for Stubson and 79 for Christensen and Basin with 175 votes to 87 for Christensen and 81 for Stubson.
Christensen carried Burlington with 68 votes to 51 for Cheney and nine for Stubson and Cowley with 95 votes compared to 92 for Cheney and 23 for Stubson.
Greene carried six Big Horn County precincts, beating Hardy 34-14 in Greybull and 29-14 in Lovell. Hardy edged Greene 18-17 in Basin.
Cheney released a statement following her statewide victory Tuesday night. The statement read, in part, “I’m honored by the trust Wyoming Republicans have placed in me to serve as our next Representative in Congress. And I want to thank our tremendous campaign team in every corner of this great state. Thanks to their hard work, tonight we are one step closer to achieving renewed leadership on behalf of our state in Congress.
“I congratulate my opponents for a hard fought contest and for their willingness to step forward in service to our state and nation. We share an abiding love for Wyoming, its traditions and our western values. Now it’s time to look forward, united in our convictions, to defend our constitutional rights and our way of life.”