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United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2012

United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2012

November 6, 2012

Turnout 58.9% (voting eligible)[1]
Nominee John Barrasso Tim Chesnut
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 184,531 52,596
Percentage 75.9% 21.6%

U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes counties/districts won by Barrasso.

U.S. Senator before election

John Barrasso

Elected U.S. Senator

John Barrasso

The 2012 United States Senate election in Wyoming took place on November 6, 2012, alongside a U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Barrasso won re-election to a first full term.

The primary elections were held August 21, 2012.


Republican state Senator John Barrasso was appointed to the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2007, by then-governor Dave Freudenthal after U.S. Senator Craig Thomas died on June 4, 2007.[2]

John Barrasso defeated Nick Carter with 73.4% of the vote in the 2008 special U.S. senatorial election to serve the remainder of the senatorial term. Barrasso remains highly popular in the state with 69% of voters approving of him.[3]

Republican primary



Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Barrasso (incumbent) 73,516 89.9
Republican Thomas Bleming 5,080 6.2
Republican Emmett Mavy 2,873 3.5
Republican Write-in 279 0.3
Total votes 81,748 100

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tim Chesnut 9,173 53.7
Democratic Al Hamburg 4,630 27.1
Democratic William Bryk 3,047 17.8
Democratic Write-in 222 1.3
Total votes 17,072 100

General election


  • John Barrasso (Republican), incumbent U.S. senator
  • Tim Chesnut (Democratic), member of the Albany County Board of Commissioners
  • Joel Otto (Wyoming Country), rancher[11]


  • October 31, 2012 (Wyoming PBS)



United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Barrasso (incumbent) 184,531 75.90% +2.55%
Democratic Tim Chesnut 52,596 21.60% -4.93%
Wyoming Country Joel Otto 6,138 2.60%
Majority 131,935 54.30% +7.47%
Turnout 243,265
Republican hold Swing

See also


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External links

Campaign websites
  • John Barrasso for U.S. Senate
  • Joel Otto for U.S. Senate
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