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United States Senate special election in Wyoming, 2008

United States Senate special election in Wyoming, 2008

November 4, 2008

Nominee John Barrasso Nick Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 183,063 66,202
Percentage 73.4% 26.5%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Craig L. Thomas

Elected U.S. Senator

John Barrasso

The 2008 United States Senate special election in Wyoming took place on November 4, 2008, at the same time as the regular election to the United States Senate in Wyoming. There was a special election to fill the remainder of the unexpired senate term of the late Craig L. Thomas, who recently died. Republican John Barrasso was appointed by Governor Dave Freudenthal, and won the Republican primary unopposed, and went on to win the general election to fill the remainder of the term.[1]


Speculation about potential Republican challengers had included the other finalists to succeed Thomas, Cynthia Lummis and Tom Sansonetti; as well as former state House Speaker Randall Luthi, and former U.S. Attorney Matt Mead.[2]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nick Carter 12,316 50.68%
Democratic Keith Goodenough 11,984 49.32%
Totals 22,799 100.00%

Republican primary



Republican primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Barrasso (inc.) 68,194 100.00%
Totals 68,194 100.00%

General election


  • John Barrasso (R), incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Nick Carter (D), attorney


Poll Source Dates administered Carter Barrasso
Research 2000/Daily Kos September 22-September 24, 2008 34% 58%


United States Senate special election in Wyoming, 2008[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Barrasso 183,063 73.35% +3.37%
Democratic Nick Carter 66,202 26.53% -3.33%
Independent Write-ins 293 0.12%
Majority 116,861 46.83% +6.70%
Turnout 249,558
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ Gruver, Mead (May 16, 2008). "Barrasso plans Monday kickoff". (Associated Press). Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ Jared Miller and Barbara Nordby (2007-06-23). "Barrasso ready to pick up where Thomas left off". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
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External links

  • Elections from the Wyoming Secretary of State
  • U.S. Congress candidates for Wyoming at Project Vote Smart
  • 2008 Wyoming Senate race from CQ Politics
  • Wyoming U.S. Senate - Class I Class II from
  • Campaign contributions for Wyoming congressional races from
  • Official campaign websites
    • John Barrasso, Republican incumbent candidate (Class I)
    • Nick Carter Democratic candidate (Class I)
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