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Sen. Barrasso easily wins GOP nomination for new term

Wyoming's John Barrasso, a rising power among U.S. Senate Republicans, coasted to victory over two minor challengers in Tuesday's primary election and will face Albany County Commissioner Tim Chesnut in November. Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming's sole voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, faced no opposition in her GOP primary but vowed to campaign hard for re-election against Democrat Chris Henrichsen to call attention to national issues in the presidential election. Barrasso, seeking re-election for the first time, handily defeated Emmett A. Mavy of Alpine, a management consultant, and Thomas Bleming of Lusk, a self-described "soldier of fortune." Barrasso's Washington profile has risen as chairman of the Senate Republican Party Committee. A surgeon, he has made his mark as a leading opponent of the federal health care overhaul. "I'm going to continue to run a positive campaign focused on the future, traveling around the state, and listening to what people have to say," Barrasso said. ...

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