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By David Martin

Poll shows support for Dems in legislature

GOP favored in county, federal elections


October 21, 2020

A straw poll conducted by the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce shows support for Democrats to represent chamber members in Cheyenne, while favoring Republicans in national races. The straw poll also showed members favoring the two Republican candidates for seats amongst the Sweetwater County Commissioners. The poll consisted of 68 responders queried by the Rock Springs Chamber last week.

Democrats Stan Blake, Lindsey Travis and Liisa Anselmi-Dalton were favored in their respective races. Blake, running for re-election in House District 39 against Libertarian candidate Marshall Burt was favored by 60.2% of respondents to Burt’s 32.5%, with 7.3% not responding.

Travis was favored in a narrower margin in her election bid against Republican Mark Baker in House District 60. She was favored by 51.4% of respondents while 38.2 favored Baker. Another 10.2% did not respond.

Chamber members heavily supported Anselmi-Dalton over her Republican challenger John Kolb in her re-election bid . She had 70.5%of respondents supporting her re-election bid to Kolb’s 23.5%, while 5.8% did not respond.

For the two available Sweetwater County Commissioner positions, chamber members supported Republicans Lauren Schoenfeld and Mary Thoman to Democrats Joe Barbuto and Dave Gray. Schoenfeld was the most supported candidate, with 72.3% of respondents supporting her. Thoman was second-highest with 49.2% of respondents supporting her, while Barbuto was third with 38.4% and Gray being supported by 18.4% of respondents.

Like the election, respondents were given the opportunity to support up to two candidates.

Republicans were also favored in Wyoming’s federal races. Cynthia Lummis was greatly supported by chamber members, with 70.5% supporting her election bid over Democrat Merav Ben-David’s 25% for Mike Enzi’s U.S. Senate seat. For that ballot question, 4.4% did not respond.

Republican incumbent Liz Cheney also received heavy favor in her re-election attempt for Wyoming’s sole U.S. House of Representatives seat, receiving 69.1% of respondents’ support against Democrat Lynnette Grey Bull’s 16.1%. Libertarian Richard Brubaker received 5.8% of the vote while Constitution Party candidate Jeff Haggit was favored by 4.4 percent of respondents. Another 4.4% did not respond.

For U.S. President, incumbent Republican Donald Trump was heavily supported by respondents, with 69.1% in favor of Trump receiving a second term. Democrat Joe Biden received 29.4% support from respondents, with 1.4% not responding to the question.


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